Chardonnay is a variety which we have always enjoyed drinking ourselves. The Old Vine Chardonnay is not made every year, the grapes are from our oldest Chardonnay vines planted in 1992. The vines are Mendoza clone, with low yields, loose bunches and small berries.
Colour: Medium gold.
Aromatics: A complex bouquet nectarine and peach, plus toasty oak.
Palate: The wine has rich stone fruit flavours, butterscotch, cashew nut and a long finish. Only three barrels were made.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Mere Road.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 14th March 2019.
Vinification: Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation.
Maturation: Matured in French oak barriques for one year, 35% new oak.
Bottled: 13th February 2020.
Analysis: Alc 13.4% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 4-6 years.
The impressive 2019 vintage (5*) is a rare wine only three barrels were made. From vines planted in Mere Road in 1992, it was hand-picked, fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (35 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with concentrated, ripe stonefruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, a slightly creamy texture and a rich, harmonious finish. Already delicious, it should be at its best 2022+.
94 points. A very inviting bouquet with a complex package of aromas from stone fruit to gun flint, grapefruit peel to baked apple, vanilla and cashew to brazil nut and a light lees autolysis. Ripe fruited, stony soils and toasty smoky oak layers. On the palate - full-bodied, weighty and packed with flavours of oak, nuts, baked stone fruit and stones. The wood tannins add an extra dimension to the texture and length. Overall a youthful wine with cellar time needed to bring all the attributes together in harmony. Best drinking from late 2021 through 2026.