Vidal Chardonnay 2016

100% Hawkes Bay Chardonnay sourced from Vidal's inland Keltern Vineyard, the coastal area of Te Awanga, and free draining vineyards of Omahu Gravels and Kokako in the Ohiti Valley.

Juice from the crushed and gently pressed grapes was allowed to naturally settle before being racked with light lees to seasoned French barrique and tank for fermentation. The small portion aged in seasoned oak has added subtle flavour, aroma and texture while the remaining portion has provided fruit purity and clarity. Both ferment portions were aged and stirred on lees, adding further complexity and enhancing mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Comments

Enticing aromas of citrus and stone fruit combine with integrated oak and an underlying nuttiness on the palate. Fruit driven, vibrant and well balanced, this wine is ideal on its own or served with fresh seasonal produce.

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