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2019 Reserve Chardonnay

WINE MAKING NOTES

Our 2019 Reserve Chardonnay was made from a blend of Clone 15, Mendoza and Clone 95 Chardonnay which was grown on the stony sandy soils of the lower terrace. Yields were reduced to around 2.5 kg per vine. The fruit was hand harvested in early April 2019 then whole bunch pressed and settled in tank before running to barrel. Some barrels were innoculated and others were left to ferment wild. The wine was fermented in French oak barriques, 44 % new then aged on lees for 8 months unsulphured and with some stirring. 100 % of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation.

ANAYALSIS

TA 4.88 g/l
Residual sugar 2 g/l
Alcohol 13.5%

TASTING NOTES

Fruit aromas of ripe peach and freshly squeezed grapefruit combine with generous toasty oak, toasted brioche and browned butter notes. The palate is weighty with a broad, soft richness and a great mouth filling concentration of flavour.  The finish is rich and long.

AWARDS

Gold NZIWS 2020
95 Points Cameron Douglas
94 Points Sam Kim Wine Orbit
Silver Royal Easter Show 2021
4½ Stars Winestate Magazine