HOME GROWN The fruit for this wine is a blend from Thornbury’s vineyards in Gisborne’s Patutahi and Manutuke regions. The typical clay loam soils of the Gisborne area provide free drainage and optimal conditions for ripening Chardonnay. Managed similarly, these vineyards are cane pruned, shoot thinned and leaf plucked to ensure flavour development and healthy fruit. When visiting Gisborne, a stop at one of the renowned beaches is a must. Wainui Beach is only six kilometres from central Gisborne and is just the place for a walk, swim, body surf, boogie board or surf. The region also has a rich history: Kaiti Beach near the city was where Europeans first arrived in New Zealand.
GRAPE TO BOTTLE The grapes from the individual vineyards were picked at optimum ripeness. The juice was lightly pressed and run to tank and barrel for fermentation, a small percentage being new barrels. Matured for 8 months in barrel before blending, the wine was regularly lees-stirred in barrel and tank to provide texture and mouthfeel.
IDEAL DRINKING Drink upon release or cellar until around 2018.
THE NITTY GRITTY Region: Gisborne Varieties: 100% Chardonnay Alcohol: 13.0% pH: 3.59 Total acidity: 6.47gL Maturation: 8 months in tank and new and seasoned French barriques