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.
Peach and ripe apricot, with light oak. A fruit-forward balanced style with a touch of creaminess. One to share with anything from grilled crispy skin salmon, wood-roasted rotisserie chicken or even a slow-cooked BBQ rolled pork roast or chilled on its own. ABV: 13%
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
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.
McDonald Series Chardonnay
Named in tribute to this historic winery's founder, Tom McDonald. Fragrant aromatics of stonefruit, citrus, mineral notes and toasty oak entice, while the fruit flavours are complemented by subtle oak nuances and a silky, textural mouthfeel, all neatly balanced by a lingering, mineral-edged finish.
Region / Country: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
This is a complex, powerful Chardonnay built around a core of opulent fruit suggestive of peach, ripe apple, fragrant citrus and a fig-like richness.Woven through this are notes of roasted hazelnut, nougat and toasted brioche, along with a wisp of woodsmoke and struck flint, combining to bring a serious savoury element to the wine.Texturally, the wine leads with a seductive fruit richness but as it progresses across the palate the structure becomes more apparent with finely balanced acidity, a slate like mineral feel and a savoury/umami-like effect apparent on the finish.The overall impression is one of power and great depth, drawn out across a framework which provides exceptional linearity and persistence.
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