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Chardonnay 2015

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Our Chardonnay grows in three blocks on our Defiance vineyard chosen for the quality of soils and underlying gravels. 

The grapes were hand harvested between the 28th and 30th March 2015.  All the grapes were whole bunch pressed to tank before being transferred to French Oak Barriques for fermentation to dryness.  Aged in the oak barriques for 10 months this Chardonnay underwent malolactic fermentation and was regularly lees stirred.

Our Chardonnay is dry in style, and pale straw with clear hues in colour.  The nose has fragrant aromas of stone fruit, pear and pineapple with hints of vanilla.  The palate is dry with ripe peach, nectarine and pear together with citrus and spicy oak.  The texture is creamy and mouth filling.  A complex wine with balanced acidity, nice minerality and a long finish.

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Variety                  100%Chardonnay

Appellation             Central Otago

Sub Region             Bannockburn

pH                          3.36

TA                           5.5g/L

Residual sugar          Nil

Alcohol                     14%

Fining Agent              Nil 

Cameron Douglas: "Quite a fine bouquet with aromas of citrus then while flesh fruits....on the palate- creamy textures, plenty of acidity and freshness. Overall youthful, tense, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022."

The Awards

"This opens to grilled nuts, subtle stone fruit notes and oak nuances. Lovely creamy texture, tropical fruit and pineapple, with nuttiness and the barest hint of oak.  Well balanced, crisp acidity gives appealing freshness before the long, spice-accented finish.  A truly nice package this, not overworked and drinking well now. " Rating: Excellent.    Mark Henderson Otago Daily Times 7/12/16

Gold  New Zealand Winegrowers Bragato 2017 

     Raymond Chan Wine Reviews:  "The wine is crisp, racy, refreshing in the Central Otago style - a taut and concentrated, intense Chardonnay with white stone fruit flavours carried by spicy and toasty oak." 

Cameron Douglas: 92 points. 

Bob Campbell: Silver Ribbon, 4 stars 90 points.