The 2011 vintage has produced a finely styled Chardonnay. Citrus, flint and roasted nut aromas combine into a seamless palate with an underlying minerality. Balanced and elegant, this classic Hawkes Bay Chardonnay will continue to age gracefully over time.
Pressing: 100% whole cluster
Fermentation: Predominately natural
Fermentation vessel: French barrique, new and seasoned
Maturation: 10 months on lees
Malolactic fermentation: Partial and natural
Bottled: 8 March 2012 400 Cases Made
Cellaring Potential: 5+ years from vintage
Total acidity: 7.1gL
Residual sugar: Nil
Grapes for this wine were hand harvested from very low yielding sites, identified for their ability to produce grapes with depth and concentration of flavour combined with fine natural acidity. Sourced from the cooler vineyard sites of Kokako and Keltern and the warmer Gimblett Gravels of Ngakirikiri and Lyons, these sites and the 2011 season have delivered a finely styled wine showing good concentration and excellent balance.
“Flagship wine from an accomplished Chardonnay maker. It does not disappoint. Intensely flavoured wine with strong peach/nectarine fruit flavours and an appropriate seasoning of winemaker artifact. The best 2011 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay I’ve tasted to date. Great texture, lengthy finish and impeccable balance.”