Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Our 2019 Reserve Chardonnay was made from a blend of Clone 15, Mendoza and Clone 95 Chardonnay which was grown on the stony sandy soils of the lower terrace. Yields were reduced to around 2.5 kg per vine. The fruit was hand harvested in early April 2019 then whole bunch pressed and settled in tank before running to barrel. Some barrels were innoculated and others were left to ferment wild. The wine was fermented in French oak barriques, 44 % new then aged on lees for 8 months unsulphured and with some stirring. 100 % of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation.
Fruit aromas of ripe peach and freshly squeezed grapefruit combine with generous toasty oak, toasted brioche and browned butter notes. The palate is weighty with a broad, soft richness and a great mouth filling concentration of flavour. The finish is rich and long."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, November 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Wonderfully complex and inviting, the wine shows grilled peach, mango, vanillin oak and brioche characters on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate delivering terrific fruit power combined with seductive oak nuances, finishing impressively long and creamy. At its best: now to 2025."