Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Aromas of fig, citus peel and a mineral complexity with restrained burnt butter undertones. The palate has a multi-layered texture and seamless finish.
Individual vineyard parcels of Chardonnay were hand picked. Each parcel was whole bunch pressed. The free run juice was either filled directly to French oak barrels, or settled overnight prior to filling to oak. No additions were made.
The juice was allowed to ferment in oak barrels with a mix of indigenous and cultured yeast. Spontaneous Malolactic fermentation followed with regular stirring of lees until early spring.
The wine was left in barrel, on full yeast lees until early 2019 (10 months in oak), when it was racked, blended, fined and bottled."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Estate-grown in the Havelock North hills, hand-picked and barrel-fermented, this is typically a classy wine, in a classic regional style. The youthful 2018 vintage was fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak casks (20 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, it has a fragrant bouquet of stonefruit and toasty oak. Weighty and savoury, it has ripe, peachy, slightly spicy flavours, generous and complex, and a finely balanced, long finish. Best drinking 2021+."