2008 Chardonnay

TASTING NOTE

Colour: Straw
Bouquet: Lifted aromas of grapefruit, fresh lime and a degree of minerality combined with roasted hazelnuts and toasty yeast characters derived from eighteen months evolution in French oak barrels.
Palate: The finely structured palate has a chalky textural complexity, as a result of an indigenous ferment and yeast lees contact, complimented by intense citrus and fig flavours.
Food Match: Shellfish, fish, white meats and especially a BBQ rack of pork.
Cellaring: Three to five years.
Winemakers: James Healy / Ivan Sutherland.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Growing Region Marlborough
Grape Variety Chardonnay
Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.26
Acidity 8.3 g/l
Residual Sugar 1.7 g/l
Maturation                     
Eighteen months
in French Oak barrels,
a small portion of which is new

REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, October 2010

The 2008 Chardonnay was fermented in oak with 100% indigenous yeast and a small portion of new oak. No malolactic occurred. It presents a seriously intense, tropical fruit nose, with notes of green guava, under-ripe pineapple, cedar, orange blossom, oatmeal and apricot kernel and a touch of sulphides. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, there's a great backbone of very crisp acid running the length of the palate, finishing long and chalky. Delicious now, it has the capacity to develop and cellar to 2016. 91/100

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