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100% Chardonnay from prized blocks of low-yielding Mendoza clone vines. The oldest, now over 30 years of age, are situated directly opposite the Ata Rangi home block in the heart of the deep, free-draining gravels that make up the Martinborough Terrace.
Hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed, with the unsettled juice fully barrel fermented in Burgundy barriques, 25% new, using indigenous yeasts. Partial malolactic. Aged in barrel on lees for 12 months.
Citrus blossom, nectarine and almond/brioche notes, best describe the bouquet at this early stage of development. The promise of longevity comes from sheer palate weight, the firm back bone and a sleek, salivating, flinty minerality. Fully barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts, this 2014 release has excellent cellaring potential.
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96 POINTS / 5 STARS - Bob Campbell MW Wine Reviews, Aug 2016
95 POINTS / 5 STARS - Wine Orbit Reviews (Sam Kim), Sept 2015