Mendoza clone Chardonnay from Block 2 was whole bunch pressed and flowed immediately (without settling) by gravity to barrel in the underground cellar. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in French oak (only 12% new), was followed by a long and complete malolactic over the spring and summer, with periodic stirring of the lees. After 17 months in barrel the wine was racked to tank for bottling in late -August 2012. The wine was not fined or filtered.
- NZ - Central Otago
- New Zealand
This is a mesmerising vintage for Block 2, promising to rank among the longest lived yet. Monumental complexity of struck flint and bacon fat provides dimension to this energetically vivacious style, drawn out tight by a high-tensile wire of acidity, melding seamlessly with lemon zest, grapefruit, crunchy pear and almost ripe white peach fruit. The finish carries fine-grained, mineral, mouth-embracing texture, outstanding length and honed, seamless line.
Rating 96 - Drink 2016 - 2021 - Tyson Stelzer, Tyson Stelzer.com
Winery Tasting Notes
The nose is fairly taut and nervous this young, with hints of citrus peel and a touch of pineapple in the background.
The palate is somehow both rich and textural but almost entirely mineral. It is almost impossible at present to find the fruit under the layers and layers of flint and stone. But while the wine is infused with tension, it is anything but austere. The use of minimal new oak keeps woodwork well out of the picture. The finish is very long, very pure and again, chiselled from stone.