Old vine Mendoza Chardonnay from Waipara Springs on Omihi clay soils, planted between 1982-1986.
Hand-picked and fermented with natural vineyard yeasts and aged in 20% new French oak barrels for 12 months before settling in stainless steel on light less for a further 4 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Slightly hazy, unfiltered appearance with a golden lemon hue. Complex mineral nose with hazelnut, grilled almond notes supported by ripe stone fruits, citrus fruits and an underlying salinity. Outstanding length and complexity, this will age for 10+ years if properly cellared.
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