900 grapes in a bottle! "ripe and refreshing with lovely fruit weight" 4.5 Stars & 90/100: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "This is a highly enjoyable Chardonnay full of ripe peach and citrus characters with hints of vanilla and cream on the nose. The palate is ripe and refreshing with lovely fruit weight and well balanced acidity leading to a juicy finish. The wine shows youthful vibrancy together with approachable smooth mouthfeel." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Bright straw and youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and bright, enticing stone fruit and citrus zest characters at the fore, with toasted cashew notes from subtly integrated oak adding complexity. The palate has good concentration and poise, it is quite taught and linear with citrus characters and a pure minerality. More white peach and lemon notes come through with layered spicy complexity and subtle toasty oak framing a well rounded and stylish Chardonnay. This bottle holds 900 or so of our finest grapes and very little else. It was a near perfect growing season for Chardonnay, which had our winemakers rubbing their hands with glee. With great care they allowed each grape to yield its flavour of sweet white peaches, ripe nectarines and even toasted cashews. Balanced with oak, the resulting wine is rich, golden and altogether luscious.
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.
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 light straw in colour with green highlights. This wine displays vibrant fruit intensity. Ripe grapefruit, citrus and passionfruit fl avours dominate. Over this is an added mineral complexity. The palate shows balance with ripe fl avours and fresh acidity. Cellaring and Food Matching This wine is best enjoyed young and exuberant, or could be cellared over the next two years. Serve slightly chilled on its own or with delicate white meat and seafood dishes, panseared Nelson scallops being a particularly fine match.
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.
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