Wairau River Chardonnay 2014

100% Chardonnay produced from the Home Block, The Angler and Rapaura vineyards on the banks of the Wairau River in Marlborough.

Fruit was carefully hand harvested in the early hours of the morning and returned to the winery in small bins. After gentle whole-bunch pressing the juice was fermented in a mix of new and old French and American oak barrels with a small portion in stainless steel. Free run was kept separate from the pressings and 80% was fermented with cultured yeast. The barrel portion of the blend went through full malolactic fermentation. After 10 months the wine was blended and left to settle before bottling.

Winemaker's Comments

Fruitful aromas of nectarine and citrus, complemented by delicate floral and savoury notes. These characters translate generously through the palate with lime, ripe peach and biscuit flavours supported by fine mineral acidity and finely integrated French oak. 

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