COUNTRY/REGION: New Zealand/Hawkes Bay.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay.
This is a medium-bodied and elegant style of Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. The palate is soft and textured with flavours of peach, intermingled with hints of butter, grilled nuts and subtle oak spice.
VINEYARDS: The fruit for this wine is sourced from sub regions around Hawkes Bay. Vineyards in the north at Bay View, provide the finished wine with ripe stone fruit characters, while sites on the cooler river terraces above the Tukaekuri River at Puketapu and the Ngaruroro River at Maraekakaho add a more flinty, grapefruit note. These sites also provide natural acidity to the blended wine. Shoot thinning, leaf plucking and bunch thinning are all practised in the pursuit of quality.
VINTAGE: The 2018 growing season was the 3rd hottest on record, which means that "you can taste the summer in the wines" according to winemaker Gordon Russell. A wet autumn and winter, although fortunately with no frosts, followed by a warm spring and a drier than usual summer meant the vines were in good condition at harvest. The harvest began in early March with white varietals, but harvesting of the reds happened much later in the season. The quality of the wines is evidenced by the array of awards they have won, with the Chardonnays in particular exhibiting a Burgundy-like nature: pure, elegant and ultimately delicious.
WINEMAKING: The individual vineyard parcels were harvested separately in mid to late March and fermented in both tank and French oak barriques (85%). The finished wines were left on their yeast lees with regular stirring until blending and bottling. A percentage of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to naturally soften the wine.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.
As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.