ColourPale golden straw
AromaConcentrated, rich, opulent, softly toasted cashews, enticing yellow peach
Taste & Other Notes
Medium palate weight, obvious but balanced oak, toasted cashew nuts, nectarines and a touch of spicy sulfides add complexity, long and dry finish. This is a beautifully balanced wine, with a very fine texture this is a complex wine that lovers of chardonnay will appreciate. Perfect with roast or barbecue chicken.
Winemaker release notes
site, season & harvest
Vineyards: Kokako, Ohiti Valley
Clone: 95 T
The 2016/2017 growing season and the Kokako vineyard in the Ohiti Valley
have produced an excellent, finely styled Chardonnay. Record summer heat and
very low rainfall lead into a period of weather pressure and an early harvest.
Low crop yields, good flavour concentration and a careful selection allowed us
to harvest fruit in excellent condition on the 16th of March.
Planted in 2008 the vineyard is situated on an old river bed, primarily made
up of Omahu Gravel series soil topped with Twyford silt on what is a relatively
uniform block. Naturally low vigour soils and the good airflow of this river bed
site combined with shoot and bunch thinning and attention to detail in the
vineyard allow the production of premium Chardonnay.
Harvesting: Select harvesting
Fermentation: Natural and inoculated
Fermentation Vessel: French barrique; 40% new and 60% seasoned 1yr old
Maturation: 10 months on lees in barrel with regular stirring.
Bottled: 22nd April, 2018
Cases produced: 400 dozen
Cellaring Potential: 3 – 5+ years from vintage
Varieties: Chardonnay Total acidity: 6.77gL
Alcohol: 13.0% Residual sugar: Nil
The 2016/2017 growing season has produced a wine showing concentration,
fragrance and restraint. Nectarine, citrus, roasted nuts and bread crust combine
on a on a finely styled and textured palate. Showing balance and background
complexity this Chardonnay will continue to age gracefully over time.