Chardonnay is a variety which we have always enjoyed drinking ourselves. The Old Vine Chardonnay is made with fruit from vines planted in 1992. The vines are Mendoza clone, with low yields, loose bunches and small berries.
Colour: Medium gold.
Aromatics: A complex bouquet with nectarine and peach, passionfruit and toasty brioche.
Palate: A full flavoured wine with rich stone fruit flavours, hints of hazlenut and a long finish. Only two barrels were made.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Mere Road.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 30th March 2016.
Vinification: Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation.
Maturation: Matured in French oak barriques for one year, 60% new oak.
Bottled: 26th January 2017.
Analysis: Alc 13.5% vol.
Production: 55 cases.
Cellaring Potential: 4-6 years.
The impressive 2016 vintage (5*) is a rare wine-only two barrels were made. From vines planted in Mere Road in 1992, it was hand-picked, fermented and matured for a year in French oak casks (50 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and highly concentrated, with layers of stonefruit, grapefruit and biscuity oak flavours, revealing excellent complexity, and a very long, savoury finish. A classy young wine, it should be at its peak 2020+.
If you've been seeking creamy satisfaction in all the wrong places, fret no more. One hundred per cent malolactic fermentation has added lovely layers of creme caramel and ground almonds to classic citrus and grapefruity, peachy goodness to this fully certified organic chardonnay. Luxuriously textured and fresh acidity adds buoyancy to the finish. Yum.