CHARDONNAY 2016 HAWKES BAY
The 2016 Chardonnay enjoyed great growing conditions and was harvested in pristine condition.
Picking Date: 22nd March 2016
Increasingly, our wines are being made through great canopy work in the vineyard allowing light and airflow to optimize ripeness and quality. This allows minimal intervention in the winemaking process. Hand picked fruit was pressed as whole bunches direct to a mix of French oak barriques and puncheons. Fermentation was allowed with mainly wild yeast. Regular lees stirring was adopted and some malolactic fermentation was permitted during spring. The wine stayed on lees until racking from Barrel late in January 2017 and the final blend was held on light lees until light fining and filtration in March 2018.
Bottled under screwcap
Alc 13.5% Vol
8.0 standard drinks
Lemon-green youthful hue.
Lifted stone fruit, citrus peel, expressive oak and a brioche note gives a complex layered nose.
Excellent front palate concentration, ripe fruit wrapped with fine oak. A seamless mid palate is followed by a lively finish.