The grapes for this fine Chardonnay were grown in the Maraekakaho District of Hawkes Bay on alluvial soils of the Riverview terraces, located on the lower reaches of the Ruahine foothills where they flank the Ngaruroro River. This area enjoys a renowned reputation for producing some of Hawkes Bay’s finest Chardonnays. Grapes were handpicked and lightly pressed, with malolactic fermentation carried out to develop an enhanced and softened texture, before the young wine was aged in French oak (one-third new) for 12 months sur lie, with frequent stirring to release important flavour components.
The palate is wonderfully mouth-filling and creamy, with intense peach and apricot flavours in harmony with fine French oak seasoning, leading to a satisfyingly long cashew, butterscotch and ginger spice finish. Instantly appealing, enjoy now or allow to age gracefully with careful cellaring.
World of Wine
An enticing bouquet with a finesse, enticing complexity and a layer of purity. Flavours of lightly roasted stone fruits and apple, citrus then cashew and brazil nut. Vanilla cream and mild baking spices, medium+ acidity, oak and spices and smoke emerge as the wine opens up in glass. Creamy and full-bodied with an opulent core and lengthy finish. 93 points.
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