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Chardonnay 2016

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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 on the 23rd and 24th 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 and pear with hints of vanilla and s[pice.  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 Crème Brûlée finish.

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Variety                  100%Chardonnay

Appellation             Central Otago

Sub Region             Felton Road, Bannockburn

pH                          3.24

TA                           5.56g/L

Residual sugar          Nil

Alcohol                     13%

Fining Agent              Nil 

The Awards

5 stars, 94 pts -  Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) - "Beautifully ripe and satisfying.....brilliantly structured by perfectly pitched acidity."

Cameron Douglas - 94pts.