There is a delicious combination of fresh citrus and tropical fruit on the nose with a touch of vanilla bean and ginger. The palate is fresh, zesty, and pure with a rich mid-palate and a long, lingering finish. The wine has seamless layers with great precision and focus – it ticks all the boxes of classic Chardonnay. Uniquely textured and fresh in its youth, this wine should develop beautifully for 10+ years.
Awards and reviews
18.5/20 pts – Joelle Thomson
5 stars, 94 pts – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
5 stars, 94 pts – NZ Wine Rater
93 pts, excellent – Cameron Douglas MS
5 stars, 93 pts, 18.5/20 – Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
4.5 stars, 97 pts – Winestate Magazine (Michael Cooper)
Wine making notes
The Chardonnay grapes came from 2 elevated vineyards in the Pisa and Bendigo sub-regions, situated at 260m and 365m respectively. The older vines from Pisa provide the rich mouthfeel and the young vines from Bendigo give the wine energy and drive. Several clones were used: 548, Mendoza, UCD15, 809 and B95. The grapes were hand-harvested respectively on the 29th of March and 8th of April 2021. The Pisa vineyard was whole-bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeasts on full solids which adds both richness and complexity to the wine requiring minimal stirring. The Bendigo vineyard was also whole-bunch pressed with a combination of wild and cultured yeasts and was stirred weekly. A full malolactic fermentation contributes to the rich texture. The wine was fermented and aged for 10 months in 10% new French oak from the premium Troncais forest in France; the rest in older French barriques.
This wine is Vegan
Residual Sugar: 1.2g/l.
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