Gold Medal – Melbourne International Wine Competition 2021
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Uncharted Chardonnay is an excellent showcase of a cool-climate Marlborough Chardonnay. Look for notes of white peach, lemon, toasted hazelnut, and flint on the nose. Enjoy the rich, concentrated palate, with bright zest balancing the fruit sweetness. Ripe lemon and peach flavours, with grapefruit on the finish.
A blend of outstanding vineyard sites located in the Southern Valleys and Wairau Valley Marlborough subregions. Vineyards chosen all have heavy soil which gives subtle flint character and more texture in the wine.
The fruit was picked then immediately pressed at the winery. Juice then settled overnight before being racked to tank and having yeast added ahead of transfer to oak barrels. It was fermented then matured in predominately French oak hogsheads and puncheons and 1000L German oak barrels for 10 months. Oak age was 12% new, 18% one year old with the balance older. This selection was to ensure the wine had subtle oak character which allowed the fruit to shine. The wine was fined and filtered for bottling."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, November 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"From hand-picked grapes grown in the Wairau and Southern Valleys. Smooth-textured, mouth-filling chardonnay with grapefruit, green apple, oyster-shell, bread crust and brioche flavours. A fruit-focused and appealing wine."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Classic, enticing and familiar bouquet of Chardonnay with aromas of sweet peaches and just whipped cream, vanilla and baking spice moments with a mild toasty oak appeal. On the palate – dry, nicely weighted with a creamy and spice mouthfeel, a core of fruit and contrasting acidity and warming alcohol. The finish is lengthy with fruit, spice and wood flavours that mirror the nose. Great drinking from today and through 2025."
5 Stars & 18.5+/20 (94) Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews, December 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Bright, pale yellow with some depth, even colour throughout. The nose is soft and poise, aromas of citrus, pineapple entwined with barrel-fermented notes of flint and creamy lees nuances. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-packed with pineapple, Meyer lemons and peaches; enriched by well-proportioned oak spices and flint. The palate is creamy with a lightness supported by lacy acidity and a fine spicy, phenolic textured-line, linger to a harmonious, sustained finish."