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Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay 2016

Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay 2016

Availability: In stock

$17.55
per bottle
$19.95 (RRP)
+ -
$105.30
per six-bottle case
$119.70 (RRP)
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The Milestone Series celebrates our dedication from the vineyard to the winery – creating benchmark wines from the Hawke's Bay region.


The result is a complex chardonnay with citrus blossom, fresh toast and a hint of gun smoke on the nose. The palate is richly textured with flavours of peach, nectarine, lemon and toasty oak, leading to a long fresh finish. 

Tasting Notes

Winemaking: Miles Dinneen
Viticulture: Bryon Strachan
Harvested: 22nd – 31st March 2016 
Vineyards: Hawke’s Bay
Oak: Fermented and aged in French barriques, a stainless steel tank and a concrete egg. 
Alc/vol: 13.0%
RS: 2.5gL
pH: 3.50
TA: 4.4g/l

VITICULTURE
2016 was another great vintage in Hawkes Bay with warm days and cool nights through the growing season, fantastic conditions for growing flavoursome grapes. The main components of this wine were sourced from our inland Kereru Road vineyard at Mangatahi, which consistently gives ripe fruit with small intensely flavoured berries. Smaller parcels from vineyards in Crownthorpe, Korokipo and Clive gave fleshiness and flavour diversity. The vines are trained to VSP and underwent intensive canopy management and fruit thinning to deliver beautifully ripe fruit. 

WINEMAKER COMMENTS

The fruit was harvested and pressed directly into barrels, a small stainless steel tank and a concrete egg. The tank was inoculated with a select yeast to enhance varietal freshness and the barrels and the concrete egg fermented with indigenous yeasts to add complexity and structure. Post primary ferment, the wine remained on lees with regular stirring throughout the winter to build texture. A portion of the wine went through malolactic fermentation.  After 7 months aging, the wine was blended, stabilised and prepared for bottling.

The result is a complex chardonnay with citrus blossom, fresh toast and a hint of gun smoke on the nose. The palate is richly textured with flavours of peach, nectarine, lemon and toasty oak, leading to a long fresh finish. 

WINE AND FOOD
Food Match: Roast chicken with garlic and kale, or with grilled pork loin and creamy mushroom sauce.

Download the Crossroads Milestones Series Chardonnay Tasting Note (PDF)

Food & Wine Matching

POULTRY

Chicken, Turkey, Duck

MOLLUSC

Oyster, Mussel, Clam

FISH

Tuna, Snapper, Cod, Trout

CRUSTACEANS

Prawn, Crab, Crayfish

Awards

2015 vintage - Gold Medal,
International Wine Challenege 2017

2014 vintage - Silver Medal,
New World Wine Awards 2015

2013 vintage - Pure Silver Medal
Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014

2013 vintage - Silver Medal,
Spiegelau International Wine Competition

2014 2013 vintage - 5 stars,
Cuisine Magazine NZ Chardonnay Tasting 2014

2013 vintage - Silver Medal,
NZ International Wine Show 2014

2012 vintage - Pure Gold Medal,
Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2013

2012 vintage - Silver Medal,
International Wine and Spirits Competition 2013

2012 vintage - Pure Silver Medal,
Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013

2010 vintage – Silver Medal,
New York International Wine Challenge 2012

2010 vintage – Silver,
Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2013

2010 vintage – Silver Medal,
Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

2008 vintage - Gold Medal,
Air NZ Wine Awards 2009

2006 vintage - 5 Stars,
Cuisine Magazine May 2008

2006 vintage - Trophy White Wine of Show,
New World Wine Awards 2008

Product Reviews

WINE NZ
Colin Ford 1 July 2014

TOP 10 Appealing reductive, gun-smoke notes on the nose. Quite soft and round in the mouth with rich, ripe peach, citrus and some spicy-caramel notes. Complex and nutty with a hint of toast and nice mouth-feel. Well done. A good wine for this money.

Sam Kim 10 November 2013
WINE ORBIT

"An immediately appealing chardonnay, the fragrant bouquet shows ripe peach, citrus and vanillin oak aromas, leading to a succulent palate that's fruit expressive and smooth to the finish. It's generous and flavoursome. At its best: now to 2016." 4.5 Stars and 91/100

Raymond Chan 15 February 2013
RAYMONDCHANWINEREVIEWS.CO.NZ

“Fruit from ‘Kereru', ‘Home Block' and ‘Southbank', barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 35% new French oak barriques, with 41% undergoing MLF. Bright, full straw-gold in colour, a little lighter on rim. The bouquet is softly pack with concentrated aromas of ripe, lightly savoury citrus fruits along with attractive layers of nutty oak and flinty interest. Medium-full bodied, softly presented and gentle flavours of citrus fruit are harmoniously entwined with spicy oak and flinty detail. This has good weight and presence, and a creaminess to the mouthfeel, lifted by some acid zestiness. The flavours grow, becoming bight, crisp and lively on a long and sustained finish. Match with roasted poultry, pork and veal over the next 4+ years. 4 Stars 17.5/20.”

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