2016 CHARDONNAY

TASTING NOTE

Colour: Pale straw in colour.

Bouquet: a citrus driven chardonnay with complex flinty, toasty and biscuit notes derived from extended barrel aging on full solids.

Palate: Vibrant, lively acidity delivers a focused palate which unfurls and exposes intense citrus flavours with an underlying brioche and hazelnut influence.

Food match: Scallops, white fish and BBQ Pork.

Cellaring: Five to seven years.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Growing Region              Marlborough home vineyards
Alcohol 13.5%
Acidity 6.6 g/l 
Maturation

18 months in older
French Oak barrels (15% new) 

Chardonnay

2/3 Mendoza, 1/3 B95 clones hand-picked from our home vineyard at 5 tonnes/ha (30hl/ha), from vines dating back to 1981. Fruit is whole bunch pressed and transferred directly to French oak barrels (15% new) and left to undergo indigenous primary and secondary malolactic fermentations for 18 months in barrel. Bottled without fining and with only minimal filtration.

REVIEWS

96 Points - Bob Campbell

Ripe, stylish and quite complex chardonnay with grapefruit, white peach, nectarine, bran biscuit and subtle mineral and oyster shell flavours. An elegant and appealing wine with an ethereal texture and lengthy finish. Delicious now but might even get a little better with a few years bottle age.

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