Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"This single vineyard Chardonnay was produced from our Long Lane Vineyard located in the Dashwood area of Awatere Valley. The 100% Mendoza clone was hand harvested and fermented using wild yeasts in a combination of old and new French oak barrels. After full malolactic fermentation the wine was aged in barrel for 10 months adding weight, texture and complexity to the palate.
Aromas of ripe, fresh yellow stone fruits, complemented with rich, buttery notes and a subtle layer of flint. Generous on the palate – lovely fresh citrus with a well-rounded nutty finish. This wine has intense fruit concentration and the underlying acidity gives great focus."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Beautifully styled and expressed, the fragrant bouquet shows yellow peach, baked fig, vanillin oak and brioche characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and rounded mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by elegant oak infusion and lingering creamy texture. Flavoursome and highly appealing. At its best: now to 2024."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"The powerful 2019 vintage is a single-vineyard, Awatere Valley wine, handled in French oak casks (40 per cent new). Bright, light yellow/green, it has a fragrant, ripe, slightly buttery bouquet. An extroverted wine, already drinking well, it is mouthfilling, with concentrated, peachy, slightly toasty flavours. Drink now or cellar."