The 2017/2018 growing season has produced a wine showing concentration, fragrance and restraint. Citrus, white stone fruit, roasted nuts and oyster shell combine on a finely styled and textured palate. Showing vibrancy, balance and background complexity this Chardonnay will continue to age gracefully over time.
Juice from the crushed and gently pressed grapes was allowed to naturally settle
before being racked with light lees to seasoned French barrique and tank for
fermentation. The small portion aged in seasoned oak has added subtle flavour,
aroma and texture while the remaining portion has provided fruit purity and
clarity to the final wine. Both ferment portions were aged and stirred on lees,
adding further complexity and enhancing the mouthfeel of the wine.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.67gL
RESIDUAL SUGAR: Dry
Fruit for this wine was grown in the cooler valleys of Dartmoor and Ohiti
along with the warmer, free draining Bridge Pa and neighbouring gravel
based soils of Omahu. In the vineyard, particular attention was given to
“opening up” vine canopies, yield restriction and selective harvesting. The
outstanding Hawkes Bay Chardonnay vintage of 2016 and our sites have
delivered a classic cool climate Chardonnay, combining ripe stone fruit with
grapefruit and citrus flavours on an elegantly styled palate.