Vidal Reserve Chardonnay 2017

100% Chardonnay from premium Hawkes Bay vineyards; Keltern, Kokako, and Lyons.

Juices from gently pressed grapes were partially settled before being racked with light lees to 20% new French oak barriques for natural and inoculated fermentation. Following this, some batches went through natural malolactic fermentation to balance out natural acidity. Oak barrels were selected for their subtle flavour and aroma profile, adding complexity gained from 10 months maturation on lees.

Winemaker's Comments

The 2017 vintage has produced a classic Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. Sensitive winemaking has allowed site and season to be reflected, displaying beautifully fragrant citrus, floral and complex notes, combined with a finely styled, textured and balanced palate.

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