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Crossroads Winemakers Collection Chardonnay 2015

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Chardonnay 2015

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$37.75
per bottle
$39.95 (RRP)
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$226.55
per six-bottle case
$239.70 (RRP)
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Our Winemakers Collection includes the very best parcels of fruit, carefully prepared and selected from our own vineyards, crafted with passion into the most exceptional wines Hawke's Bay has to offer.


A complex Chardonnay with citrus blossom, nectarine and toasty oak characters on the nose. The palate is rich and creamy, with flavours of melon, lemon and peach leading to a long fresh finish.

Tasting Notes

Winemaking: Miles Dinneen
Viticulture: Bryon Strachan
Harvested: 26 March 2015
Vineyard: Kereru Rd
Oak: Aged in French barriques, 25% new oak
Alc/vol: 14%
RS: < 0.54g/l
pH: 3.26
TA: 6.8 g/l

VITICULTURE
2015 was another great season in Hawkes Bay, a combination of dry weather, warm days and cool nights gave ideal ripening conditions for all varieties.

This single vineyard wine was sourced from the sunny free draining terraces of our inland Kereru road vineyard at Mangatahi. We have identified some special rows of Mendoza clone chardonnay on terrace two which consistently give small intensely flavoured berries. This year we also used a small portion of Clone 95 from terrace one which gives a lovely textural element to the wine. The vines are trained to VSP and underwent intensive canopy management and fruit thinning to deliver ripe fruit.

WINEMAKING COMMENTS
The fruit was hand harvested and pressed directly into French barriques 18% of which were new. Fermentation occurred using a mixture of indigenous and inoculated yeasts. The wine remained in barrel on lees with regular stirring throughout the winter. After 10 months aging in barrel we assembled the blend and prepared for bottling.

WINE AND FOOD
A complex Chardonnay with citrus blossom, nectarine and toasty oak characters on the nose. The palate is rich and creamy, with flavours of melon, lemon and peach leading to a long fresh finish.

Excellent food match with Southern fried chicken with butter chips and a fresh garden salad.

Download Crossroads Winemakers Collection Chardonnay Tasting Note (PDF 650k)

Food & Wine Matching

POULTRY

Chicken, Turkey, Duck

FISH

Tuna, Snapper, Cod, Trout

CRUSTACEANS

Prawn, Crab, Crayfish

Awards

2015 vintage - Gold Medal,
2018 Sydney International Wine Competition

2015 vintage - Gold Medal,
New Zealand International Wine Show 2017

2012 vintage - Gold Medal,
Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014

2012 vintage - Silver Medal,
International Wine Challenge 2015

2011 vintage - Gold Medal,
New Zealand International Wine Show 2013

2011 vintage - Gold Medal,
Hawkes Bay A & P Mercedes Benz Wine Awards 2012

2011 vintage - 4.5 stars and "Wine of the Year" finalist,
Michael Cooper, Winestate Recent Releases 2012

2010 vintage - 5 stars,
Winestate, August September 2011

2010 vintage - 90 points,
Lisa Perrotti-Brown ratings on eRobertParker 2010

Product Reviews

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION CHARDONNAY 2011
Sam Kim 10 November 2013
WINE ORBIT

"A powerful rendition, the gloriously complex bouquet shows mango, stone fruit, roasted nuts and vanilla characters, followed by a concentrated and richly textured palate. It's superbly long and velvety with a creamy finish. A sumptuous chardonnay that keeps on giving. At its best: now to 2017." 5 Stars and 94/100

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