Estate Chardonnay
Waiheke Island

Estate Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

The Estate Chardonnay exhibits intense ripe stone fruit characters with subtle hints of passionfruit seed and a nutty lees influence.

A wine for every occasion.

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Vineyard & Winemaking

Vintage 2020 was hot and dry with very low yields throughout our Chardonnay vineyards.

To give the wine a balance of finesse to a potentially high concentration year we carried out an early pick from our elevated hilltop vineyards which gives a fresh crisp edge to the wine. With our more sheltered sites we picked a little later and riper to provide richness and ripe flavours into the tropical spectrum.

With our Chardonnay we give a maceration of the whole bunches before pressing which increases the amount of grape solids in the juice to give greater intensity of varietal character and structure. Once fermentation is finished we add small amounts of sulphur at each topping to preserve the freshness and fruitfulness of the wine. We do not stir the lees or allow the wine to go through malolactic fermentation.