Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012, has received the International Chardonnay Trophy in the over £15 (NZ$34) category at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015.
The wine was judged among more than 18,000 contenders from around the globe, with only 50 awarded the Best in Show accolade.
Tohu Winemaker Bruce Taylor says that like the other wines in the Whenua series, the Chardonnay is all about showcasing a single grape.
"Whenua Matua translates as 'significant lands' and the changing angles and orientations of the vineyard blocks lend themselves to the complexities of winemaking," he says. "We're really happy to have this wine representing the best possible expression of Chardonnay. As Kaitiaki, or guardians of our lands, we have spent a lot of time on our vineyards, understanding and nurturing each of the blocks. We're using this intimate knowledge of the land to create premium single vineyard wines."