A rich, full bodied wine. Aromas are of stone fruits with buttery oak adding layers of complexity. A balance of fresh fruit, malolactic and oak influences have resulted in a wonderfully balanced palate, underscored by buttery, nutty notes and a hint of citrus.
Fruit was selectively harvested at optimum ripeness, gently pressed and fermented between 12-15˚C to maximise freshness and aroma. 60% was fermented in Oak barrels and underwent malolactic fermentation while the other 40% was aged sur lie in stainless tanks to retain fruit freshness. A portion of this wine underwent malolactic fermentation and ageing in French oak barrels.
Region: Hawke's Bay
Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.45 RS: <2g/L
Delicious for drinking right now, this wine has the potential to cellar for another 5 years over which it will develop an added richness and complexity.
This smooth Chardonnay would be the perfect match for a creamy pasta dish, or lemon baked chicken.