2018 Estate Chardonnay

Vintage 2018 began with a settled and dry Spring resulting in great flowering and a corresponding excellent fruit set. We then enjoyed a relatively hot summer although there were intense periods of rainfall thanks to ex Tropical Cyclone Fehi and Gita which put the pressure on during harvest time.

Temperatures remained warm into the harvest months increasing humidity however with careful attention to detail in the vineyard we were rewarded with excellent fruit.

To minimise the risk of disease pressure we carried out an early pick of our Chardonnay from our elevated hilltop vineyards which gives a fresh crisp edge to the wine and from our richer clay based sites we picked a little later and riper to provide wonderful flesh and richness and ripe flavours into the tropical spectrum.