The fruit for this Chardonnay comes from one of the best vintages Gisborne has seen for a decade.
The fashion for Chardonnay used to be the big, buttery, oaky wine. Do we care for fashion? Pah! This is a wine that is fresh and has great fruit flavours that expresses the vineyard without the winemaker’s boots stamping all over it.
This Chardonnay has a lovely fragrant bouquet of ripe pear and peaches with soft aromas of brioche and buttered corn. The palate is smooth and round with a nice balance of minerality and well refined acid. Ripe pear and citrus flavours are enhanced with well integrated oak.
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Grown in a region well known for delicious Chardonnay, the fruit was machine harvested in the cool and then pressed gently to tank for cold settling. During racking some of the lees were included in the portion of juice that was to be fermented in French oak barrels. A cleaner portion of juice was fermented in stainless steel with selected yeasts. Only the barrel portion had partial malolactic fermentation so as to retain generous acidity. After its time in barrel & tank, the two portions were blended back together, resulting in great balance between the vibrant fruit characters that Gisborne is so famous for and the interesting textures derived from the indigenous barrel fermentation.
Soft, rich and charming wine with classic Gisborne ripe peach and melon flavours together with a hint of bread crust and bran biscuit. Plenty of flavour and appealing fruit purity. Good mouth feel and a lengthy finish. Stylish wine. 92 Points.