Barrique offers a complex medley of fresh stonefruit aromas with hints of tropical fruits and smoky grilled nut characters. The palate is seamlessly textured with a creamy mid-palate, leading to a finish extended by harmonious acidity.
The hand-harvested fruit was whole bunch pressed. The free run juice went straight to a mix of 44% new, and the rest to older French Oak barriques for fermentation. While 30% of the wines were allowed to ferment naturally, the other part was inoculated with selected yeast strains. 50% of the parcels also underwent malolactic fermentation. After having matured for another ten months, the wine was minimally fined and sterile filtrated before bottling.
- NZ - Other New Zealand
- New Zealand
"Site selection is key to this most impressive chardonnay. It’s quite tight and controlled, with intense tropical, nutty characters. The fruit and oak integration is excellent, with a lingering intensity."Rating 95 - Ray Jordan, Weekend West (08/DEC/2012)
"... is sourced from two Gisborne vineyards and treated, as the name suggests, to the full array of chardonnay winemaking: whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented with a mix of indigenous and cultured yeasts. Half the wine was put through malo-lactic fermentation. The result is full and rich with a great deal of complexity, bright, perfumed fruit and quite racy acidity. "Tony Harper, Brisbane News (SEP/2012)
"A youthful, lively wine, pale in colour with a combination of apple, citrus and tropical fruit characters and a nice touch of honey with tight acidity. "Rating 4 Stars - Winestate (APR/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Styled to capture the regional essence of Gisborne, the 2010 Barrique offers a complex medley of fresh stone fruit aromas with hints of tropical fruits and smoky grilled nut characters.
The palate is seamlessly textured with a creamy mid-palate, leading to a finish extended by harmonious acidity. This wine is well-integrated and appealing for enjoyment on release, but will continue to develop further complexity with maturation.
5 - 8 years from vintage.
Medals & Trophies
Supreme Wine of Show Trophy, Class Winner & Gold – Gisborne Regional Wine Awards 2012
Pure Gold – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012
Gold – International Cool Climate Wine Show 2012
Gold – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2012
Gold – Gisborne Regional Wine Awards 2011
Gold – New Zealand International Wine Show 2011
Gold – Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2011