Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Subtle mineral, toast and peach characters on the nose with lemon curd and a precise, taut palate. The wine is chalky, complex, mouthfilling and packed with Hawke’s Bay.
The grapes for our Quarter Acre Chardonnay come from two vineyards; our Doc’s Block by the sea at Haumoana where the vines are about 20 years old and an organically certified block where the vines are 12 years old and are planted on an ancient river terrace on the Ngaruroro River. An extremely hot, dry summer leading into a warm autumn meant a slightly earlier harvest in 2018. Vine yield was kept at between 1.3 and 2.0 kg per vine to ensure acid balance, flavour and intensity.
We whole bunch pressed hand-picked fruit and ran the juice straight to French oak barriques, around 30% of which were new and 35% second-fill. Wild ferment took a while to get underway, however once it got going it fermented hot and fast. Around 80% natural MLF took off in spring and the wine rested on gross lees for around nine months before it was blended and bottled. With the mix of a moderate alcohol, low pH and bright acidity, this wine is going to age beautifully."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Instantly inviting, the 2018 vintage is a multi-site blend, hand-picked and fermented and lees-aged for nine months in French oak casks. Bright, light lemon/green, it has a highly fragrant, complex bouquet, leading into a full-bodied, sweet-fruited wine with concentrated, vibrant stone-fruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, depth and harmony. A classic Hawke’s Bay style, it’s a drink-now or cellaring proposition."
91/100 Joe Czerwinski, Parker's Wine Advocate (2018 Vintage)
"The refined, elegant 2018 Quarter Acre Chardonnay offers up hints of toasted hazelnuts and ripe white peaches on the nose, while the palate is medium-bodied and plump, generous without being broad, with its focus maintained by lime-like acids that linger easily on the finish. Showing terrific balance and poise, this can be consumed anytime over the next 4-5 years. Drink 2020 – 2025."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Wonderfully ripe and fragrant, the gorgeous bouquet shows rockmelon, fig, white nectarine and vanilla characters with subtle oatmeal complexity. The palate is concentrated and beautifully weighted, delivering lovely fruit purity together with elegant oak infusion, brilliantly framed by bright acidity. At its best: now to 2021."