Chardonnay was extensively planted on our vineyard when it was first established. As wine styles have changed we have proactively removed and updated our Chardonnay blocks with improved varietal selections. The fruit for Envoy is taken from a unique corner of one of our original Chardonnay blocks, 'B Block.' 'B Block' is home to five Burgundian clones of Chardonnay. The soil structure gives the best of both worlds - structure and fatness from the more complex top soil, and fruit definition from the free draining nature of the underlying gravel.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
"Bright, even straw-yellow colour, pale on edge. This has a powerfully rich nose of citrus and peach fruit with a complex overlay of creamy, buttery, nutty MLF and oak aromas that unfold revealing smoke, toast and flinty minerals. Full-bodied, but elegantly proportioned, a complext flavour amalgam of citrus fruits, butterscotch, nuts and toast fills the palate, and is supported by an underlying alcohol drive with fine acid cut. The mouthfeel has a soft robustness and fulsome presence, and detailed nuances of nutty, oxidative elements emerge with smoke and toast that carry through to a long, dry finish. This is a fulsome and complex flavoured Chardonnay featuring citrus, cream and nutty flavours. Match with roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ years." Rating 5 Stars - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
This distinguished wine is estate grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged in French oak barriques (mostly seasoned) for up to 18 months. The 2009 vintage is still tight and youthful. Barrel-fermented and lees-aged for 18 months, it is vibrant, with deep grapefruit-like flavours, slightly mealy and toasty, fresh acidity and a finely scented bouquet. It should be long-lived. Rating 4 1/2 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Restrained citrus, flint and subtle fruits married to harmonious barrel ageing influences.
A lean and dry palate with a cleansing, mineral finish. Delicate hazelnut and complex, secondary flavours will emerge with bottle age.