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This ripe and attractive Chardonnay has bright aromatics of stone fruit, florals and toasted nuts. It has a ripe rich palate with some mealy complexity and textural characteristics. Notes of nectarine and almonds supported by gentle oak spice. Hints of citrus, balanced acidity, and a fine phenolic profile keeps this Chardonnay quite refreshing on the palate, with some flint and smoky oak notes adding further intrigue as the wine builds in the glass.
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Mature Mendoza Chardonnay vines cane pruned on VSP trellising. The soils of the St Leonard’s Vineyard are well-drained stony, silt loams well suited to quality Chardonnay production.
The fruit for this Chardonnay was hand-picked then whole bunch pressed to barrel, 40% of which were new barrels selected from our most trusted French coopers. These barrels tend to have long, light toasting profiles, which integrate respectfully with the fruit. The wine was left on gross lees for maturation, with partial malo-lactic fermentation (around 50%) kicking off in spring. This Chardonnay was then blended and filtered, prior to bottling on February 16th 2018.
Single Vineyard -100% St Leonard’s Vineyard, Wairau Valley, Marlborough.
Alc –13.5% pH –3.26
T.A –6.5g/L R.S–1g/L
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