Te Awa Chardonnay is our expression of a full bodied and oak aged Chardonnay.
There are three blocks of Chardonnay on the Te Awa Estate that have been used to craft this wine. Zone 7 and 12 comprise of old-vine Mendoza Chardonnay. The soil types are very similar through these blocks in that they are free draining gravel. Zone 30 is a younger block planted with B95 Chardonnay on fertile silts over-lying free draining gravels.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Old-vine Mendoza clone fruit from ‘Zone' 7 and 12, and clone 95 from ‘Zone 30', mostly wild yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 40% new 300 L hogsheads and 500 L puncheons, with lees contact and nearly full MLF. Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. This has a firm, intense and tightly bound bouquet of ripe citrus and mealy fruit, quite densely packed, with aromas of cream and butter with nuts, smoke and oak intermingling. Dry and medium-bodied, the expression is a little shy, but the presence and concentration is clear. Ripe citrus and stonefruit flavours and notes of butter form the core, and are complexed by nutty oak and flinty elements. Balanced acidity and fine, soft textures feature through the palate leading to a dry, chalky finish with very good length. This Chardonnay will unfold and become richer over the next 5-6 years. Serve with firm-flesh seafood, rich poultry and pork dishes. Rating 18.0+/20 - Raymond Chan -November 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
This is elegant and sophisticated Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. A lovely combination of citrus and stone fruits make up the grape flavour component. Vanilla and toast flavours are contributed via the barrels. Complexity comes from maturation in contact with yeast and malo-lactic lees.
The elegance on the nose is manifested on the palate through a tightness of acidity and a graininess from the oak. There is a window of richness and sweetness, neatly enhanced through a warm ferment fatness which continues through to the finish.
Medals & Trophies
Bronze Medal- Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011