The grapes for this Chardonnay were hand picked from a single vineyard situated on the other side of the Mill Stream, below Highfield. The free-run juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new and one year old barriques and matured giving a beautiful balance of fruit and oak. A fine and elegant expression of Marlborough Chardonnay.
Colour: Light gold
Aroma: Grapefruit and nectarine combine with subtle oak, brioche and biscuit notes
Palate: Fine and elegant with some creamy and toasty flavours. Oatmeal with layers of citrus and marmalade with refreshing minerality make this a focused and well balanced wine with a long finish.
5 stars, Michael Cooperâ€™s Buyersâ€™ Guide to NZ Wines 2012
Fermentation: Whole-bunched pressed into French oak barriques. Full solids fermentation and MLF 100% in barrel
Maturation: 12 months in French oak barrels
Total acidity: 7.8g/l
Residual sugar: 2.0g/l
Harvest dates: 11 and 13 April 2011
Bottling dates: January 2013, under screw cap
This wine is approachable, drinking well now and will mature nicely into 2015.
Well suited to cream based dishes and smoked seafood.