Vineyards: Various vineyards throughout Hawkes Bay, including the subregions
Raukawa, Haumoana, Bridge Pa Triangle and the Gimblett Gravels.
Variety: Chardonnay Clones 15, 95 and Mendoza.
Picked 7th March to 3rd April
13.3 % alcohol
5.5 g/l acidity
The grapes were sourced from four uniquely different vineyards
sites in Hawkes Bay, each harvested separately and then gently
pressed without crushing or de-stemming. This helped to
discourage phenolic pickup and improved the texture and aging
ability of the wine. The winemaking included fermentation with
indigenous yeast, plus malo-lactic fermentation in a proportion of
French oak barrels.
The Wine: Typically fresh aromatics of quality Hawkes Bay
Chardonnay are evident including citrus, white flowers and stone
fruit. These are complemented on the palate by a creamy richness
from aging on lees. Roast hazelnut, almond and hints of gunflint
result from the indigenous fermentation in barrel. It displays
delicacy but richness and is a fantastic match with many dishes.
Think rich seafood or creamy roast chicken.
Drink 2014 to 2018.