Harvest Date: March & April 2013
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/l
Residual Sugar: 0.64 g/l
Bottling Date: 12 November 2013
100% Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
This style of Chardonnay has been made to showcase the fruit, unhindered by the manipulative winemaking inputs that characterize more traditional Chardonnay styles. Pear, melon and light apple aroma’s compliment this wine’s subtle vanilla flavour on the palate – An uncomplicated well-balanced wine.
Short and intense is the best way to describe the grape harvesting of 2013. The fine weather worked in our favour throughout the entire season, including during the critical flowering, ripening and harvest period. As the harvester moved from block to block there was no stopping, the weather was good; flavours were right and within a 3 week period all fruit was safely in the winery. Yields hit targets on all varieties rating the 2013 season up there with the best.
Mature grapes from a stony site were gently pressed and the juice was fermented in stainless steel to ensure the wine retained freshness, crisp natural acidity, pure flavours of the grape and a degree of elegance.
The wine was left on the fermentation lees for a few months to help develop texture and body before being prepared for bottling under screw cap as a young wine to capture its clean, fresh characters.
BRONZE – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
4 STARS – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
…smooth and beautifully fruited… The wine shows elegant fruit intensity and harmony.”