It's not often that we see two exceptional vintages in a row, but it happens from time to time. The 2013, called by many “vintage of a lifetime” was followed by another superb vintage in 2014!
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.
Beautifully fragrant Chardonnay with notes of rock melon, white fleshed peaches and citrus, layered over soft aromas of brioche and subtle French oak. The partial wild and malolactic fermentations along with the extended lees maturation in barrel have added complexity and texture to the wine.
Download the Chardonnay 2014 tasting notes (PDF, 1.2 MB)
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 in the final blend. 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 and malolactic fermentations.