The 2018 growing season provided hot, sunny summer days with moderate, cool nights for perfect ripening conditions. These superb harvest conditions allowed the fruit to be picked at optimal ripeness. The Hawke’s Bay vineyard is terraced with free draining soils, ideal for growing excellent chardonnay with complex and layered flavours. Intensive canopy and yield management are used to produce Chardonnay with outstanding concentration, weight and balance.
The fruit was picked at ideal ripeness and gently pressed. The juice was settled and
racked off solids then fermented with a range of vessels, temperatures and yeast strains to give complexity of aroma and mouth feel. After aging on yeast lees with regular stirring, the batches were racked, blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES
The bouquet exhibits guava, citrus and stone fruit flavours which combine seamlessly with the subtle tasty oak. The palate combines ripe fruit, lees complexity and subtle oak with a fresh elegant finish. Enjoy with roast chicken, oysters or fish and chips.
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