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.
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Colour: Medium gold.
Aromatics: This Chardonnay has a fruit forward bouquet with stonefruit and citrus plus a flinty note.
Palate: On the palate, it has rich peach and nectarine flavours, with a weighty texture and a long finish. Four barrels were made. Suitable for vegans.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill and Mere Road.
Harvest: Hand harvested 3rd and 10th March 2021.
Vinification: Whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented.
Maturation: Matured in French oak for 7 months (20% new).
Bottled: 15th October 2021
Analysis: Alc 14% vol.
Fining: Fined with pea protein.
Production: 100 cases.
Cellaring Potential: 4-5 years.
Certified organic, the 2021 vintage (4.5*) was hand-picked in the estate's vineyards at Roy's Hill and Mere Road, fermented and matured for seven months in French oak barriques (20 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Bright, light yellow/green, it is a weighty, sweet-fruited wine, with generous, ripe fruit flavours, showing very good richness, complexity and harmony, and a very smooth finish. Delicious young.