Chardonnay is one of the unsung heroes of Marlborough. It's a grape that shows quite incredible flavours on a very consistent basis.
The fashion for chardonnay used to be the big, buttery, oaky wine. Do we care for fashion? Pah! This is a wine that is fresh and has great fruit flavours that expresses the vineyard without the winemaker’s boots stamping all over it.
Aromas offer an abundance of ripe pineapple and stonefruits layered with with creamy, buttery notes like baked shortcake, hints of toasted almonds and a light touch of jasmine flower. The palate is stunningly smooth and plump with flavours of stonefruits, particularly white fleshed peaches which infuse with the wines buttery, mealy characters developed from the malolactic fermentations and maturation in barrel with lees.
Download the Chardonnay 2017 tasting notes (PDF, 1.8 MB)
The fruit for this wine comes from two unique vineyards in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys, Meadowbank Estate up the Taylor Pass and Anderson vineyard in the Brancott valley. The grapes were harvested carefully by hand and machine then taken to the winery to be fine-tuned into liquid gold. The fruit was whole cluster pressed and put directly into French oak barrels for indigenous ferment on light solids. The yeast lees in the barrels were stirred frequently over a nine month period to add body and complexity, and the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation stabilising the wine. After its extended nap in the barrels, the fruit parcels were pumped back into tank and the resultant wine was bottled.