Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2022
Gold Medal – National Wine Awards of Aotearoa New Zealand 2022
Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"The Beach House Track Chardonnay is from our Gimblett Gravels vineyard on Mere Road and is 100% Clone 95. The grapes were hand-picked on the 22nd of February and were whole bunch pressed straight to French barrels for wild fermentation in a mix of puncheons (500L) and barriques (225L). The final blend consisted of 80% 1-year-old oak and 20% 2-year-old oak. Interestingly we decided to omit any new oak this year which worked remarkably well in hindsight as this wine received a gold medal on its debut wine show.
The wine was left in these oak vessels for 10 months where it was stirred weekly to retain freshness and promote mouthfeel. 100% of the final blend underwent malo-lactic fermentation imparting a lovely brioche character and softening the acidity.
The nose is gorgeous with grapefruit, ripe melon, and orange with a lovely flinty character. On the palate the wine is fresh and flavoursome with remarkable length. This is a complex wine with lovely subtle oak, stone fruit, and flint coalescing nicely."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2022 (2021 Vintage)
"Gracefully rich yet firmly structured, the wine shows white flesh nectarine, lemon pith, roasted cashew, flint and savoury pastry aromas, followed by a concentrated palate offering excellent depth and focus. Superbly structured by bright acidity, finishing impressively long and linear. At its best: now to 2029."