Vineyard Review The grapes for this wine were sourced from The Tietjens’ and Leaderbrand vineyards in the ‘Golden Slope’ region in Gisborne. These vineyards were selected for their rich history in producing premium Chardonnay. Deep clay soils over a limestone base give ideal growing conditions for this Chardonnay. The clone is a selected Mendoza one, trained to two canes to limit yield and balance the vine. Exposure of the fruit to the sun is the basis of good chardonnay growing, and during the year the vines were not only leaf plucked but also delateralised.
Harvest Analysis: Brix 22.8 Titratable Acidity 8.0g/l pH 3.35
Winemaking The harvest decisions at Matawhero are made after the winemaker and viticulturist concur that the grapes are flavour ready. After another great summer in Gisborne, the grapes for this wine attained perfect ripeness and were machine harvested at night. No antioxidant was added allowing Chardonnay’s natural phenolics to oxidise. Once at the winery the grapes were crushed and gently pressed. Cold settled for 36 hours allowed the juice was allowed to spontaneously ferment with indigenous yeast and then cool fermented until dryness. Once dry, we inoculated for malolactic fermentation and when deemed in balance, the wine was sulphured and stabilized to secure the desired ‘malo’ characteristics. The wine was then filtered and bottled.
Wine Analysis: Alcohol 14.2% Titratable Acidity 5.04g/l pH 3.62 Residual Sugar 1.05g/l
Colour Pale straw with golden highlights.
Aroma Ripe melon and peach abound with butterscotch and fig notes.
Palate Rich, ripe fruit, with peach flavours and an inherent creaminess.
Food Match Seafood, light cheeses, chicken or veal.