T&P Chards

Chardonnay 2014 Hawke's Bay

Location:Cape Coast
Winemaker:Ant Mackenzie
Style:Barrel fermented Chardonnay
Clonal selections:Mendoza, Clone 15 & Clone 95
Harvest:March 2014
Brix:23.4 - 24.5 ┬░Brix
Acidity:6.25 g/L
pH:3.52
Sugar:<2.0 g/L
Alcohol:14.0%

Winemaking

All fruit was hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed to tank. After 12 hours of settling the cloudy juice was transferred to French oak barrels (40% new). Fermentation was undertaken with a combination of natural vineyard yeasts along with some inoculated yeasts. All barrels underwent malo-lactic fermentation. After 10 months of aging the barrels were blended and the wine bottled.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw with a hint of green.

Powerful peach and nectarine fruit notes on the nose. Toasty oak, spicy fermentation nuance and a sour cream note support the fruit and bring complexity to the wine. 

The palate is full bodied and rich without being unbalanced. Browned butter, toasted cashew and canned peach notes all add interest. These layers of richness come mainly from perfectly ripened grapes, sweet French oak barrels and warm fermentation temperatures. A touch of pithy texture and acidity keep this richness in check.

Enjoy this wine with a wide range of poultry and seafood dishes.

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