The 2013 Chardonnay is quite a butterball of a style with rich buttered toast and ripe melon notes over a core of baked pineapple, guava and mango. The medium-bodied palate has a racy acid line to cut through the abundance of fruit and richness before finishing with great persistence.
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Aromas of stonefruit, white floral, smokey oak and spice. The palate it fresh and lively with a bright acid backbone. Flavours abound of nectarines & peaches, juicy citrus and grapefruit pith.
Good length with delicate texture and a fine mineral thread.
Grapes for this Chardonnay are selected from the vineyard blocks located in the Brancott, Fairhall, Ben Morven and Central Wairau Valley sub-regions. These vineyards grow a mix of the preferred low yielding Mendoza and B95 clones and the vines excel in their alluvial soils. Each site produces a unique flavour profile and allows for an assemblage of a complex and balanced wine.