Vidal Reserve Chardonnay 2016

100% Chardonnay from premium Hawkes Bay vineyards; Kokako in the Ohiti Valley, Keltern in Maraekakaho and the Gimblett Gravels.

Juices from gently pressed grapes were partially settled before being racked with light lees to 15% new French oak for natural and inoculated fermentation. Following this, some batches went through malolactic fermentation to balance out natural acidity. Oak barrels were selected for their subtle flavour and aroma profile, adding to the natural complexity gained with extended maturation on lees.

Winemaker's Comments

Sensitive winemaking has yielded a wine showing intensity and purity of fruit with fine definition and length on the palate. Beautifully fragrant citrus, floral and complex notes combine on a finely styled and balanced palate.

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