COUNTRY/REGION: New Zealand/Marlborough.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay.
WINEMAKER NOTES: This is a mineral driven wine style, showcasing complex aromas of lemon rind, gun smoke and brioche that are distinctive characteristics from the Taylors Pass Vineyard. This elegant Chardonnay expresses flavour profiles of grapefruit, white peach and almond with subtle integrated oak enhancing the restrained seamless finish.
VINEYARDS: Soils range from silt over gravels, to stony gravels, with large river stones that reflect heat back into the fruit zone consistently ripening concentrated fruit. The climate in Marlborough has high sunshine hours but temperatures during the growing season are regulated by the cooling ocean influence. Generally, the Awatere Valley is cool and windy, however, this single vineyard site is sheltered resulting in a very warm Meso-climate allowing grapes to easily achieve physiological ripeness in this cool climate sub-region of Marlborough.
VINTAGE: The 2016 growing season will be remembered for one that tested our patience. A cooler than average spring led to an elongated season, with the majority of the grapes harvested in April. This dry cool autumn weather concentrated flavours yet retained natural acidities.
WINEMAKING: 100% barrel fermented, 25% wild fermentation and 75% cultured yeasts. Natural malolactic fermentation is encouraged. Matured for 9 months on lees.
TASTING NOTES: This wine has been gently crafted using a natural approach to winemaking. The result is an intriguing, delicate and complex Chardonnay displaying stylish finesse. It is elegant with aromas of subtle citrus, predominantly lemon. Mineral and complex smoky notes also intermingle on the nose. The palate has complex layers of citrus and minerals, finishing with a long tight structure.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded 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.