VINEYARD AND WINEMAKING NOTES
The 2013 season started with a cool frosty spring but quickly progressed into a classic Hawke’s Bay summer. Hot and dry conditions from December through to end of harvest in April ensured ripe, flavoursome fruit in excellent condition. One of the best!
Grapes were hand harvested and pressed straight to barrel being a combination of old and new French oak. The wine was barrel fermented and lee stirred weekly throughout the life of this wine. This wine is the product of a range of cultivated and wild yeast strains contributing to the complex nature of this wine.
Low yielding Chardonnay (clone 15) grapes were hand harvested from our homestead block and pressed immediately. Multiple yeast strains and light oak contact contributed to a wine of complexity and richness with ripe fruit expression.
REGION Esk Valley, Hawke’s Bay
RESIDUAL SUGAR 0
Eye: This wine has a golden hue
Nose: with toasty and French oak aromas on the nose.
Taste: The palate has intense savoury characters with an underlying citrus edge which helps carry the subtle fruit notes. The wine is well balanced and has a seamless rich and creamy palate.
FOOD MATCH, CELLARING AND SERVICE
Enjoy with fish and white meat dishes. Enjoy now or cellar up to 5 years, serve lightly chilled.
4 Stars Raymond Chan - March 2016