1888, our finest chardonnay. A tribute to our founder, celebrating his unwavering belief in Hawkes Bay as a truly great winegrowing region. Only crafted in the most exceptional years in limited quantities, this wine is the absolute pinnacle of Vidal Estate. Distinctive and age-worthy.
PRESSING: Whole bunch pressed
FERMENTATION VESSEL: French oak barrique; 33% new and 67% 1yr & 2yr old
MATURATION: On lees with stirring – 10mths in barrique and 2 in tank
BOTTLED: 24th March, 2017
BOTTLES MADE: 1600
Total acidity: 7.75gL
Residual sugar: Dry
The Kokako vineyard is planted on the old Ngaruroro riverbed in the Ohiti Valley. The coarse, free draining soil structure consists of stones within layers of silt and sand deposits. The warm season of 1,420 Growing Degree Days, low rainfall and low yields lead to the hand-picking of fruit in perfect condition showing intense flavour concentration and balanced acidity.
CLONE: Clone 15 Chardonnay
VINE AGE: Planted 2000
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“Flagship chardonnay from a top producer. 1,600 bottles made. Intense and quite complex chardonnay with grapefruit, citrus, white peach, struck flint, mineral, hazelnut, brioche and bran biscuit flavours. A powerful wine that can be appreciated now but will continue to develop with bottle age.”