ROD McDONALD QUARTER ACRE CHARDONNAY 2017

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Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Predominantly from Doc’s Block by the sea at Haumoana.  The vines here are about twenty years old and have previously served up some of Hawke’s Bays finest Chardonnay grapes. We’ve blended in organically certified chardonnay from another of our  blocks where the vines are twelve years old and   planted on an ancient river terrace along the Ngaruroro River. Autumn 2017 was warm but unsettled. 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 new and seasoned French oak barriques, around 50% of which were new. Wild ferment took a while to get  underway, however once it got going it fermented hot and fast. Around 40% natural MLF took off in spring, the wine then rested on gross lees for around nine months before it was  bottled. With the mix of a moderate alcohol, low pH and bright acidity, this wine is going to age beautifully. 

Subtle mineral, toast and peach characters on the nose with lemon curd and a precise, taut palate. The wine is chalky,  complex, mouth-filling and packed with Hawke’s Bay."
4 Stars & 18.0+/20 Raymond Chan, April 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Bright, light straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is very elegant and slender in presentation with a fine and tightly packed core of white stonefruits along with nuances of citrus fruit and white floral suggestions, unfolding minerally lees and nutty oak detail. This combines intensity with finesse. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with taut, but intense and penetrating flavours of white stonefruits with hints of citrus fruit and white floral elements. The fruit is detailed by subtle notes of minerally lees and nutty oak. The flavours possess a subtle richness which is balanced by crisp, lacy acidity, and the wine flows smoothly along a very fine line with good energy and tension, leading to a slim, but sustained finish. This is a taut but intense Chardonnay with white stonefruit, floral and nutty flavours and subtle complexing detail on a refreshing palate with good tension. It will develop more richness over the next+ years, Serve with seafood and poultry. Fruit predominantly from ‘Doc’s Block’, Haumoana, vines approx. 20 y.o. along with fruit from Ngaruroro river terrace site, vines 12 y.o., hand-picked, WBP and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 50% new oak with 40% MLF."


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