VINEYARD DECRIPTION: The fruit for this wine is sourced from subregions around Hawkes Bay. Vineyards in the north at Bay View, provide the finished wine with ripe stone fruit characters, while sites on the cooler river terraces above the Tukaekuri River at Puketapu and the Ngaruroro River at Maraekakaho add a more flinty, grapefruit note. These sites also provide natural acidity to the blended wine. Shoot thinning, leaf plucking and bunch thinning are all practised in the pursuit of quality.
WINEMAKING: The individual vineyard parcels were harvested separately in mid to late March and fermented in both tank and French oak barriques (85%). the finished wines were left on there yeast lees with regular stirring until blending and bottling in January 2018. A percentage of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to naturally soften the wine.
WINEMAKER’S COMMENT: This is a medium-bodied and elegant style of Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. The palate is soft and textured with flavours of peach, intermingled with hints of butter, grilled nuts and subtle oak spice.
FOOD MATCH: Ideally suited to rich seafood dishes, especially crayfish and scallops or white meat dishes.
IDEAL DRINKING: 2018 – 2021
Region: Hawkes Bay
Oak Use: 85% barrel fermented in French oak. 15% new Alcohol: 13.0%
Total Acidity: 6.9gL
Residual Sugar: 1.7gL