This Chardonnay has ripe stonefruit and citrus characters subtly enhanced by fermentation in seasoned oak barrels, lees contact and a creamy malolactic influence, to create a rich and elegant wine.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
This bargain-priced Hawke’s Bay wine is grown in the company’s inland Woodthorpe Vineyard in the Dartmoor Valley. Fermented and lees-aged in a mix of tanks (50 per cent) and French oak barrels, it is typically a harmonious wine with ripe grapefruit characters enriched with biscuity oak and very good richness and complexity. The 2009 vintage is mouthfilling, sweet fruited and rounded with fresh, vibrant fruit flavours, a slightly creamy texture, moderate complexity, and very good harmony and depth.Rating 3 and half star - Michael Cooper, Buyer's Guide to New Zealand's Wines 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
Woodthorpe Chardonnay ’09 has a distinct golden tint with fresh green lights.
It shows nectarine, sweet lemon and oatmeal characters on a weighty, balanced palate of great length.
It will continue to develop in bottle for a further 2-4 years from harvest.
Woodthorpe Chardonnay ’09 is delicious on its own, or a wonderful partner for both simply prepared and fuller flavoured seafood, and white meat dishes.
Woodthorpe Chardonnay ’09 combines the best of traditional and modern winemaking. Traditional whole-bunch pressing and primary malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels were used to enhance a portion of the grapes to create complex, rich fruit flavours. Modern de-stemming and tank fermentation was used for the remainder of the grapes to preserve the vibrant varietal aromas and clear, fresh fruit expression. The resulting wines were matured for ten months before being blended, fined and bottled.