Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Our 2016 Winemakers Collection Nelson Barrique Fermented Chardonnay is a rich, full style chardonnay. A handful of exceptional barrels are selected by our winemakers to go into this small reserve blend. The wine has warmth and nutty spice notes to wrap around ripe fruit characters. The wine is rich and powerful and is drinking well now in its youth, but can comfortably be tucked away for a few years.
This single vineyard Chardonnay comes from the stony soils of our Rabbit Island vineyard in the heart of Nelson’s fruit growing district, and on the same property that is home to the Seifried winery. The ground is free draining, friable and easy to work, giving a light and intensely varietal crop. The canopy was extensively leaf plucked during the summer while the grapes were developing, allowing light and air movement around the fruit zone and helping to develop lovely citrus and passionfruit flavours.
The ‘hen and chicken’ berries of the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay give full tropical flavours. Fruit was harvested and brought to the winery where it was immediately pressed and cooled for a 24 hour settling period. Following this the juice was racked and warmed before inoculation. Once the ferment was active it was gravity fed to new, one and two year old French barriques. The wine completed primary alcohol fermentation in oak before undergoing malolactic fermentation. During these alcoholic fermentations the barrels were hand stirred periodically to build palate weight and structure. Following this the wine was left sitting on its yeast lees for a further 11 months before being racked from barrique and prepared for bottling."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"It is beautifully inviting on the nose showing white nectarine, orange peel, nougat and vanilla characters with subtle toasted almond notes. The palate is elegant yet flavoursome, and offers lovely mid palate weight and creamy texture, leading to a superbly long silky finish. Refined and stylish with lovely fruit purity combined with attractive oak infusion. At its best: now to 2020."