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

17 points - Jancis Robinson

Another exceptional, burgundy-beating Kiwi Chardonnay. Definitely not shying away from matchstick on the nose, but it costs one heck of a lot less than a Coche wine. Very crystalline with good fruit focus on the mid palate. Very far from sweet. Crisp and rewarding. Great balance and fans out on the finish.

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