2014 was an outstanding Hawkes Bay Chardonnay vintage. The growing season was one of the warmest and driest on record with only half the normal rainfall over the key period of December through to March. In 2014 the season and our sites delivered excellent flavour development and ripeness at relatively low sugars in the berries, allowing picking decisions to be made on flavour at good levels of natural acidity reflecting wine balance, freshness and restraint.
Pressing: Whole cluster
Fermentation vessel: French barrique, 40% new and 60% seasoned
Maturation: 12 months in barrique and tank
Malolactic fermentation: Partial and natural
Bottled: 13th March 2015
Cellaring potential: 5-8+ years from vintage
Total acidity: 7.77gL
Residual sugar: Nil
Grapes for this wine were selectively hand picked between the 10th and 14th of March. Typical of our Legacy sites, the low yielding vines in 2014 produced depth and concentration of flavour with good levels of natural acidity. This finely styled and balanced wine shows defined fruit flavours with layered complexity and texture resulting from our classical and natural approach to winemaking.
“Vidal’s flagship Chardonnay offers purity, power, sophistication and cellaring potential. It’s a precise and potentially complex wine that can be appreciated now. Apple and lemon citrus flavours, with a chalky mineral character together with a seasoning of roasted nut and bran biscuit characters. Supremely elegant Chardonnay.”