2013 Valhalla Chardonnay 1.5ltr MAGNUM

Rated as Waiheke’s finest vintage to date, the 2013 vintage delivered fruit of exceptional quality and the fruit for our much loved Valhalla Chardonnay was no exception. Our Chardonnay fruit is sourced from two distinctly different terroirs;  vineyards located on the mid slope of our steep hillsides which are predominantly rich clay based soils and vineyards from our cooler elevated sites with light volcanic deposits in the soil.

Our Chardonnay is hand harvested and either gently foot stomped before pressing or whole bunch pressed directly to barrel for an un-inoculated ‘wild’ fermentation in 500 litre acacia or oak puncheons. The wine is then left to evolve over winter without disturbance of the lees before blending in the New year into tank with fine lees and held for a further 6 months before bottling.

The 2013 Valhalla Chardonnay is arguably the finest vintage we have ever produced , bold flavours and aromas with complex savoury notes introducing tropical fruits, stone fruit and hazelnut with toasty/smokey barrel characters. The palate is all about elegance and discreet power with rich texture framed by vibrant acidity, oak and bold fruits.