If you like you Chardonnay with true expression of fruit then this is the one to love! This wine does not hide behind any oak. It’s a crisp wine that tastes of the succulence and freshness of the grape.
White peach, grapefruit and melon with a hint of pineapple flavours are supported by a soft and textured mouthfeel (achieved through malolactic fermentation). It may have no oak, but this wine has an abundance of character.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
A fruit-forward nose showing rich pineapple, white stonefruit, and melon characteristics.
A soft, full-length palate of intense pineapple and tropical fruits.
Two years with confidence.
Uncluttered by oak the wine is a great match for seafood, white meats and ‘fusion’ food.
This is the wine that started the company, before Sauvignon Blanc became famous! Exposure of the bunches to sunlight is imperative to our style, which is ripe and forward. Canopy management reflects the desired flavour profile. Clone selection is important in this style as we seek intense stone fruit and nashi pear flavours, coupled with powerful and strong citrus/pink grapefruit characters. Secondary malolactic fermentation gives nuttiness and generous mouth feel.
We have found that it is essential to use only premium grade fruit for this wine as there is nothing to hide behind (oak), just the delicate flavours of Chardonnay. Stylistically, we are looking for a wine that expresses the natural Chardonnay fruit characters, being stonefruit and pineapple. The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation to add roundness and fullness to the wine as well as complexing hazelnut aromas and flavour. We aim for a full-bodied Chardonnay without the encumbrance of oak.