2017 CHARDONNAY

TASTING NOTE

Colour: Pale straw in colour.

Bouquet: a pure, bright and youthful citrus driven chardonnay with complex smokey, flint, toast and biscuit notes derived from extended barrel aging on full solids.

Palate: A strong year for Chardonnay delivered vibrant, lively acidity. The palate is focussed and restrained which unfurls on the finish and exposes the intense citrus core with underlying cashew, nutty flavours.

Food match: Scallops, white fish and BBQ Pork.

Cellaring: Seven to ten years.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Growing Region              Marlborough home vineyards
Alcohol 13.5%
Acidity 6.5 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

95 Points - Nick Stock (on behalf of James Suckling)

This has such complex and rich style to it with a flinty edge to the peach, grilled-lime and lemon-pith aromas. The palate has really rich textural layering and plenty of peach, grapefruit and pastry flavors. Resolved, powerful and smooth.

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