Vineyard: We carefully selected the grapes for our Chardonnay from vineyard blocks located in the Brancott, Fairhall, Ben Morven and Central Wairau Valley sub-regions. These vineyards grow a mix of our preferred low yielding Mendoza and B95 clones and the vines excel in their alluvial soils. Each site produces a unique flavour profile and allows for assemblage of a complex and balanced wine.
Vinification / Ageing: Following hand harvesting and slight pressure, the entire quantity of the must was fermented in French oak barrels, of which 15% were new. The wine aged in the barrel for one year before bottling, with continuous stirring of the lees and the malolactic fermentation reaching 70%.
Tasting Note: Our Chardonnay showcases a mid yellow core with a silvery bright rim. The nose offers appealing aromas of cereals, wheat flower, mandarin and ripe lemon. A hint of smoke is also evident balanced with creamy cashew nuts and an underlying grapefruit zest. The palate has a fresh lively entry matched by a silky mouth filling texture. Layers of flavours include slate, green plums, tart lemons and nougat. A lively wine offering richness and depth. Our Chardonnay will drink beautifully in its youth but will also impress with further time in bottle.