From the moment you put your nose to the glass, you are drawn to the fabulous rich stone fruit and citrus aromas with irresistible brioche and cedar nuances of Odyssey Reserve ILiad Chardonnay. The palate is also delectable displaying excellent fruit concentration, silky texture and a lingering, velvet smooth finish. This is finely complex and harmonious Chardonnay with ripe tropical fruit flavours, nutty and toasty oak and entwined creamy barrel ferment characters.
The Reserve Iliad Wines are reserved for those wines which show exceptional character and finesse... The Odyssey Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay is hand selected from the long term contracted ‘Kawitiri Vineyard’ in the Golden Triangle region of Gisborne. The Mendoza clone is grown on clay soil on an old river bed. Non irrigated and tended by hand these are some of the oldest vines in the region. Gisborne experiences high sunshine hours over summer, perfect for the Chardonnay grape. Picking by hand has resulted in fruit in the best condition being delivered to the winery. Harvested 28th March 2018.
Handpicked the grapes were gently whole bunch pressed and
cold settled for 24 hours. The juice was then fermented in a
mixture of new and used French oak barriques. Ferments were
predominantly spontaneous to yield the true terroir of the
vineyard, The warm temperature of ferment in barrel increases
the texture and creamy nature of the wine and after a full
malolactic ferment the wine rested sur lees for 12 months in
barrel gently stirred before being carefully prepared for bottle.
Bottled May 2019.
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