This Chardonnay is from fruit from both our Roy’s Hill and Mere Road Vineyards. The clones of Chardonnay are Mendoza and Clone 15 which both produce low to moderate yields and rich fruit flavours.
Colour: Medium gold.
Aromatics: This Chardonnay has a rich bouquet with stonefruit and citrus notes plus a hint of toastiness.
Palate: On the palate, it has rich peach and nectarine flavours, with notes of brioche and butterscotch and a long finish. Suitable for vegans.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill and Mere Road.
Harvest: Hand harvested 12th and 18th March.
Vinification: Whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented.
Maturation: Matured in French oak for 6 months.
Bottled: 15th October 2020
Analysis: Alc 14% vol.
Fining: Fined with pea protein.
Production: 100 cases.
Cellaring Potential: 4-5 years.
94 points. Bold, toasty, fruity and youthful bouquet with aromas of baked custard and peaches, fresh red apple and vanilla, greywacke stones and toasty oak, baked grapefruit and raw sugar. Complex, youthful and forward. On the palate - full bodied, toasty, spicy, fruit and rich in flavour and texture. Fine wood tannins, warming alcohol and flavours of baked fruits, nut, barrel spices and stony mineral flavours make for a lovely example. Best kept in the cellar for a while longer with best drinking from late 2021 through 2026+.