Bouquet: Exhibits guava, citrus and stone fruit flavours which combine seamlessly with the subtle toasty oak.
Palate: The palate combines ripe fruit, lees complexity and subtle oak witha fresh elegant finish.
Food Match: Enjoy with roast chicken, oysters or fish and chips.
Dietary Information: Suitable for vegetarians and gluten free diets.
Cellaring Recommendation: Enjoy now, or cellar up to 5 years.
The 2017 vintage was another great one for Chardonnay in Hawke’s Bay. A moderate spring with low frost risk and good flowering led into an extremely dry and warm summer. Above average temperatures were recorded in January and February, which set the vines up well. Some late rains alleviated the drought pressure brought about by the hot summer. The 2017 Chardonnay was sourced from a range of Hawke’s Bay vineyards in the Korokipo, Crownthorpe, Bridge Pa, Clive and Mangatahi sub regions of Hawke’s Bay. These vineyards are characterised by moderate temperatures and free draining soils, perfect for producing high quality fruit. This Chardonnay exhibits guava, citrus and stone fruit flavours combined seamlessly with subtle toasty oak. The palate is vibrant and textural with lees complexity, subtle oak and an elegant finish.
Harvest Date:19th March - 14th April 2017
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 13.5% pH 3.49 TA 5.2 RS 4.2 g/l
The fruit was gently picked and pressed to give fine fresh juices with a soft texture. The batches were kept separate and fermented with a range of vessels, temperatures and yeast strains to give complexity of aroma and mouth feel. After aging on full yeast lees with regular stirring the batches were blended and prepared for bottling.
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