Complimented by poultry based dishes, also crayfish and other rich white seafoods
The OTQ Series is a pure expression of Jules’ winemaking skills and her vision to create wines which speak of their place.
AROMA & FLAVOUR
This Chardonnay has inviting aromas of nougat and macadamia nuts, backed up by a hint of smoky reduction and layers of concentrated white peach, baked apple and citrus.
A composed and elegant Chardonnay, offering excellent fruit intensity and a creamy texture. Lively lemon notes give a refreshing lift and layers of macadamia and toast come from the barrel fermentation. Brilliantly structured with bright acidity this wine is complex and powerful, with a harmonious finish.
Heading into spring, temperatures around Marlborough were a few degrees higher than normal. Moisture content in the soils was low which lead to an even bud burst in the vines. Continued low rain fall from September to December combined with rising temperatures and settled weather created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. Post flowering, the warmer temperatures continued but the dry conditions gave way to frequent rainfall. These elevated temperatures meant verasion was earlier than usual in Marlborough. The rain from January to March meant that canopies were in excellent health all the way to harvest. This meant that even though the temperatures were warmer than normal throughout the growing season, the fruit maintained flavour intensity and good acidity coming into harvest. The real challenge began with some sizable rainfall events in late February and early March, but happily we were able to harvest our fruit in good condition before significant otrytis set in.
The grapes for this Chardonnay were grown in the Meadowbank Estate Vineyard in the Taylor Pass subregion. This particular block, settled in this picturesque vineyard, was carefully hand managed to provide low-yield, high quality crop. Late March the fruit was hand-picked, Jules took the fruit to the winery where she whole bunch pressed it to provide the juice with perfect clarity. It then underwent a warm wild fermentation in French oak, to give it some extra character. Following the wild fermentation Jules put the wine through a full malolactic fermentation in order to soften the acid profile and add additional layers of complexity. With extended time on lees and stirring in barrel, she then left the wine in oak to mature for 10 months. Just prior to the 2018 vintage, the wine was removed from oak, stabilised and bottled.
New Zealand International Wine Show - Gold
Marlborough Wine Show - gold
Very distinctive, classic bouquet of Chardonnay with ripe yellow stone-fruit aromas melding into aromas of sweet new oak laced with wood spices and toast, a lees component adds complexity and intrigue, a bold and forward package with obvious complexity. Dry, full-bodied and fruity, a wine that packs a punch as it hits the palate displaying some attractive, classic and bold Chardonnay flavours. Peach and nectarine, vanilla, butterscotch and toasty wood, medium+ acidity and alcohol, rich and lengthy finish. Lots to like about this wine. Drink now and through 2024.
CAMERON DOUGLAS, M.S. - 92 POINTS
Full, even, bright, light straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full, broad and deep with aromas of white stonefruits melded with a layering of gunflint sulphide reduction, unfolding nutty, toasty and smoky oak detail. The nose possesses freshness and vitality. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich heart with flavours of white stonefruits interwoven with gunflinty reduction with nutty oak, unfolding rich toasty and smoky elements. The fruit is lively and vibrant, and the mouthfeel refreshing with lacy acidity. The wine carries along a fine-textured line leading to a long and sustained finish of flint, nuts, smoke and minerals. This is a rich and vibrant Chardonnay with stonefruit, gunflint, nuts and toasty oak with fine structure and a fresh mouthfeel. Serve with poultry, pork and veal over the next 4 years.