“A full bodied, barrique fermented Chardonnay with intense aromas of peaches and butterscotch. The palate is beautifully balanced with integrated premium french oak, leading into a long seductive finish.”
The grapes for this single vineyard wine are a special pick from our own sustainably certified vineyard. Low vigour vines, combined with leaf and green fruit removal, ensured only the most concentrated and intensely flavoured fruit remained. Fully ripened bunches of clone 15, Mendoza and clone 6 Chardonnay were carefully selected and handpicked.
Handling in the winery was very gentle. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice transferred to french oak barriques for fermentation. 100% barrique fermentation with 25% new oak barrels. We allowed full malolactic fermentation then aged the wine on yeast lees for 14 months. The best barrels were then selected and blended together to create an elegant, full bodied, finely balanced and complex wine. The bottled wine has been held in the winery for a further 12 months to ensure smooth and settled aging before release.
- – Gold (95 points) – Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
- – 5 Stars (95 points) – Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine
- – 5 Stars (95 points) Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
- – 4.5 Stars – Michael Cooper’s Guide to NZ Wines 2016
- – 4.5 Stars – Peter Saunders, Wine Writer
- – Silver medal, Royal Easter Wine Awards
…The palate is concentrated and expansive, while remaining focused and firmly structured, leading to an extremely long, silky finish. At its best: 2016 to 2023. 95 points,