Church Road Chardonnay 2016 (6 x 750mL) Hawkes Bay NZ

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
$22.99 per Bottle
$137.94 per package

Overview

Winemaking: Skin contact is kept to an absolute minimum to avoid the harsh extraction of phenolics. The juice is only lightly settled without the aid of enzymes or other clarification tools. The resultant turbidity promotes complexity and texture. Fermentations are allowed to start wild to encourage positive complexity, before being inoculated with selected yeast strains to ensure a clean finish to fermentation. Barrel fermentation is employed in Hungarian and French oak barrels and all parcels are inoculated for malolactic fermentation. This secondary fermentation reduces acidity and adds a creamy richness to the palate. After fermentation, the component wines are aged on full yeast lees (sediment) with regular battonage (lees stirring). This promotes a process known as yeast autolysis, in which the yeast cells break open, adding texture and a nutty, mealy aroma to the wine. It also helps protect the wine from oxidation during the maturation process, promoting good fruit freshness. The total maturation period was 6 months, with 30% new oak and the remainder in second, third and fourth fill barrels.

Region:
NZ - Hawke's Bay
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma/ Palate

A flavourful, multidimensional Chardonnay with a core of ripe stonefruit and fragrant citrus, overlaid with aromas of roasted nuts, toasted brioche, subtle creaminess and a hint of smoke. The palate is supple and soft, with gentle acidity providing freshness and balance.

Cellaring/ Foods Matching

A versatile and food friendly wine ideally suited to traditional Chardonnay matches including seafood and poultry and light game dishes particularly where an element of creaminess, such as beurre blanc sauce is included in the dish. However the wine is also elegant enough to be appreciated as an aperitif or to match with lighter, fresher flavoured seafood dishes. A great Chardonnay for the warmer summer months.

Vintage
2016
Region
NZ - Hawke's Bay
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13%

Winery Profile

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