Greenhough Hope Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

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Description

Wild yeast, second-fill barrel fermented Chardonnay from the organic Hope Vineyard, Nelson.

The Hope Vineyard Chardonnay is made from the intensely-flavoured, high acid Mendoza clone grown in the Winery and Road Blocks, 13 and 22 years old respectively. These have been managed organically since 2008 and are fully BioGro certified. Fruit is hand harvested and whole bunch pressed to tank where it is very briefly settled before racking to French oak barriques, predominantly second fill so the oak is present but subtle and soft. Indigenous wild yeast fermentation begins within 3-5 days and completes over a period of months, with maturation on full yeast lees for 11 months during which time malolactic fermentation is completed.

Typical of the Hope Vineyard, this wine expresses ripe citrus fruit aromas and flavours, with the malolactic softening acidity and contributing to palate richness. Citrus and fresh stone fruits modulated and enriched by creamy, spicy, nutty details from the wild fermentation in barrel and extended lees contact, there is a purity and vivacity throughout, at the same time providing palate texture and complexity.

  • Elegant, complex, creamy
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2023
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Producer: Greenhough Wines

In late 1990, a young couple left Auckland to re-settle in a rural pocket of Nelson, encouragingly named ‘Hope’. Swapping city for country life, Andrew and Jenny Greenhough took on a four hectare property determined to create something of their own. The vineyard had been partially established in the mid-70s by a pioneer amateur winemaker, heavy-cropping Muller Thurgau and green-edged Cabernet Sauvignon vines were removed, a property next door was purchased, and new Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted. In 2008, Andrew and Jenny challenged themselves again, committing to organics and beginning the conversion to full BioGro NZ certification. All of the now 9 hectares are certified organic.

Nelson has a unique, sheltered climate, protected by mountain ranges to the south, east and west, with mild sea breezes from Tasman Bay to the north mitigating frosts through spring and autumn, and easing the heat in summer. Clear, cool nights preserve flavour and varietal character, letting fruit acids reduce gradually over settled autumn months; a mineral, fruit-based acidity underpins all varieties providing definition, structure and elegance. These are true wines of place, each batch an autobiography, from the sea that shaped the land to the hand that picked the grapes.

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5 Stars
Michael Cooper’s NZ Wine Buyer’s Guide
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Reviews

  • Michael Cooper’s NZ Wine Buyer’s Guide

    Michael Cooper

    This consistently impressive wine is estate-grown at Hope, in Nelson, hand-picked, barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barriques. 5 Stars and Classic Status.

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown (2014 vintage)

    The 2014 Hope Vineyard Chardonnay offers delicate notes of white peaches, spiced apples and marzipan with hints of honeyed toast and orange blossoms. Medium-bodied with a great intensity of stone fruit and baking spice flavours, it has a lovely creamy texture and plenty of zip to the finish.

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