The excellent 2015 vintage has produced a classic Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. Beautifully fragrant citrus, floral and complex notes combine on a finely styled and balanced palate.
Silver - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2016
Silver - NZ International Wine Show 2016
Silver - Hawkes Bay A&P Wine Awards 2016
Juices from gently pressed grapes were partially settled before being racked with light lees to French oak (18% 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 with extended maturation on lees. Sensitive winemaking has allowed site and season to be reflected, supporting the defined, complex and elegant style of this wine. Bottled 10th December 2015.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.83gL
RESIDUAL SUGAR: Dry
Fruit for this wine was sourced from premium Hawkes Bay vineyards; Kokako in the Ohiti Valley, Keltern in Maraekakaho, Te Awanga and the Gimblett Gravels. 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 2015 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.