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 two barrels were made.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Mere Road.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 12th March 2021.
Vinification: Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation.
Maturation: Matured in French oak barriques for 10 months (50% new oak).
Bottled: 26th January 2022
Analysis: Alc 14% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 4-6 years.
93 points. Bright, vibrant chardonnay with grapefruit, nectarine, subtle struck-flint, cashew nut, ginger and spicy oak flavours supported by tangy acidity. A richly-textured wine from an excellent vintage.
Certified organic, the stylish, estate-grown 2021 vintage (5*) is a rare wine – only two barrels were made. From vines planted in the Mere Road Vineyard in 1992, it was hand-picked, and fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (50 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, it is a mouthfilling, weighty, youthful wine, with rich, ripe stonefruit flavours, biscuity and mealy notes adding excellent complexity, and a very harmonious, lasting finish. Already delicious, it's well worth cellaring to 2024+.
94 points. A complex bouquet with aromas of grapefruit and wild peach, other orchard stone fruits then aromas of oak from, vanilla and toasted barazil nut to a light wood smoke quality. Just shy of full-bodied on the palate with a lactic-cream quality, then flavours of nut and orchard fruits that reflect the bouquet. Fine wood tannins and medium+ acidity set the structure and foundation. A youthful, taut and complex wine with cellar time or immediete drinking options. Best from 2024 through 2029.