Fruit intensity and flavour complexity are determined in the vineyard; here we exploit known flavour differences between Chardonnay clones 1, 15, 95 and Mendoza, restrained crop levels (6.4-8.2 tonne/ha) and our local knowledge of Marlborough’s differing terroir to maximum effect. The grapes were machine harvested over a 7 day period, with 50% of the press free-run juice being put into new and older oak barriques for high solids primary and secondary malolactic fermentation prior to 10 month yeast autolysis maturation. The remaining 50% of the juice was cool fermented in tanks and aged with yeast lees stirring.
Bright straw-yellow in colour, this vintage has the classic John Forrest winemaking style and embodies all the best characteristics of the previous 2010 and 2011 vintages. The bouquet is seamless with aromas of delicious lemon pudding and stone-fruit, framed with biscuity, mealy nuances. The palate has medium weight with a beautiful creamy mouth feel, balanced with vibrant acidity, exuding flavours of buttery pastry and an almond, pear tarte tatin, enveloped with subtle French oak. The wine has great length with the minerality lingering on the finish.
31st March – 6th April
Brix at Harvest
Analysis at Bottling
4.5 Stars – Cameron Douglas, MS
“Complex and engaging bouquet with roasted stone fruits, apple and even a touch of pineapple and plenty of sweet oak to entice. On the palate a firm and youthful texture with moments of whipped cream and yoghurt then warm oak spices and fruit. Balanced, well made and tasty.”
90/100 – Bob Campbell Wine Reviews
“Quite a developed, toasty Chardonnay with grapefruit/citrus, hay/straw and delicately spicy oak. Moderately intense flavours. Dry with reasonably assertive acidity and fine tannins.”