The excellent 2016 vintage has produced a classic Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. Beautifully fragrant citrus, floral and complex notes combine on a finely styled, textured and balanced palate
No.1 Chardonnay in the under $20 ‘Modern’ category & 90/100 – Bob Campbell MW
18/20 – Raymond Chan
4 stars & Best Buy – Cuisine Magazine September 2017
4 stars – Michael Cooper
Juices from gently pressed grapes were partially settled before being racked with light lees to French oak barriques (19% new) for natural and inoculated fermentation. Following this, some batches went through natural malolactic fermentation to balance out natural acidity. Oak barrels were selected for their subtle flavour and aroma profile, adding to the natural complexity gained from 10 months maturation on lees. Sensitive winemaking has allowed site and season to be reflected, supporting the defined, complex and elegant style of this wine. Bottled 16th February 2017.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.84gL
RESIDUAL SUGAR: Dry
Fruit for this wine was produced from premium Hawkes Bay vineyards; Keltern, Kokako, and Lyons. The soil type and climate of each site has contributed particular characters to the final wine. The warm and dry summer combined with the settled autumn of 2016 created ideal ripening conditions across our Chardonnay blocks. Picking decisions were based on flavour and natural acid balance allowing the wines to express intensity and purity of fruit with fine definition and length on the palate.