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2021 Reserve Chardonnay
The fruit for this wine is a blend of Mendoza (61%), Clone 15 (26%), Clone 548 (11%) and Clone 95 (2%) grown on the sandy silt soils of the lower terrace of the Askerne vineyard. Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, the juice was transferred to barrel for fermentation. The barrels were a mixture of both wild and inoculated ferments and completed 100% malolactic post ferment. The wine was subsequently aged for 10 months with lees stirring to add volume and complexity. The final blend has a 33% new French oak component, and 19% 2nd fill.
pH 3.35 TA 5.4g/L Alc 14.0% RS 1.8g/L
Big and powerful with concentrated stone fruit aromas, flinty oak spice with creamy vanillan and brioche notes. Broad and luscious with dense fruit concentration, wonderfully rich and spicey on a palate packed with texture and creamy notes. The base of juicy acidity gives wonderful length.
Gold, Best In Show, Best In White, Best In Class – Chardonnay, Regional Winner – Hawkes Bay Regional Aotearoa Wine Competition
Gold Medal National Wine Awards of Aotearoa New Zealand