REGION: Central Otago Sub Region: Bannockburn APPEARANCE: Golden, straw colour BOUQUET: A full bodied wine showing citrus and tropical aromas PALATE: The palate is rich with stonefruit and vanillin supported by a lingering minerality typical of the region, which provides great length.
Aromatically this is classic Marlborough Chardonnay. Pineapple, nectarine, and hazelnuts, with a good oak foundation. Palate is immediately met with oak but the fruit is strong enough to fight back and fill the mid-palate. The acidity gives the wine good length, and the lees and wild ferment characters complete a moderately complex chardonnay.
Barrel fermentation and ageing on lees has produced this full bodied, tightly structured wine which displays sweet mango, nectarine and passionfruit aromas on the nose with stone fruit, quince and citrus characters on the palate. Smokey oak and barrel ferment characters contribute to a weighty Chardonnay. Aging potential 3 - 5 years. This wine will complement fish, chicken and pork dishes.
Citrus blossom, nectarine and almond/brioche notes, best describe the bouquet at this early stage of development. The promise of longevity comes from sheer palate weight, the firm back bone and a sleek, salivating, flinty minerality. Fully barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts.
The much loved Black Barn estate release Chardonnay has been further developed by winemaker Dave McKee and now has some subtle oak influence to support the creamy palate weight that this wine has always been known for. Some nice flinty aromatics add a modern touch and further complexity - but this Chardonnay retains the easy charm on which its popularity has long been based.
A percentage of the grapes were handpicked and whole bunch pressed, with about 20% seeing French oak, the majority well-seasoned. A small percentage worked through malo with a substantial amount of battonage to build mouth feel. The nose has ripe stonefruit, melon and lemon; the palate has more white nectarine pith and a citrus twist
The wine is straw in colour. The nose is elegant and slightly toasty with aromas of stone fruit and pineapple. The palate is rich and creamy, full bodied and with great length and a crisp acidity. Cellaring and Food Matching This wine can be enjoyed from release, with its vibrant fruit expression. It will also cellar succesfully over the next three years. With a textural and creamy palate, this wine will be a perfect match for dishes such as grilled crayfish with garlic lime butter sauce, grilled squid with lemon pepper, pumpkin risotto and a variety of cheeses such as Brie, Gruyere, and Provolone.
Delightful lifted melon and peach characters with a nice textural mouthfeel and subtle spiced oak influence. Barrel fermented and fruit driven with partial malolactic fermentation, the Bergman chardonnay has weight and complexity. Look out for a hint of butterscotch as this wine develops over time.
Ripe stone fruit characters are enhanced with attractive oak sweetness and subtle layers of complexity. Delicate handling has produced a palate which is refined and elegant, yet at the same time powerful and lingering.
This elegant, yet powerful barrique-fermented Chardonnay is true to the Church Road style. Crafted using traditional winemaking techniques this premium, complex wine marries ripe, distinctive fruit characteristics with toasty oak sweetness.
Aromas: Layers of stone fruit, melon and citrus, enhanced by a refined seam of toasty French oak and subtle layers of yeast complexity.
Palate: Delicate handling of the ripe and concentrated fruit has produced a palate which exhibits both elegance and power with a lingering finish. The sweetness of the fruit and oak is balanced by a moderate level of acidity.
Food matching suggestions
The buttery, citrusy flavours of this wine are highlighted in dishes with creamy sauces and subtle lemon flavours.
Hand-harvested fruit from our two best Chardonnay Vineyards is whole-bunch pressed and the juice run directly to barrel with no prior clarification step. Once in barrel the juice is simply left to undergo a natural, wild fermentation process and a subsequent 11-month maturation period. The result is a powerful yet elegant, age-worthy and complex Chardonnay of great depth and character.
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