Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter edged.
The nose is firm with well-packed aromas of white stonefruits, tropical and citrus fruits harmoniously entwined with nutty and reductive flinty complexities, unfolding suggestions of lemon-curd MLF and toasty oak elements
Match with barbecued and grilled poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years.
Medium-full bodied, the palate has well-packed and deeply concentrated flavours of stonefruit and citrus fruit with tropical fruit exoticism, entwined with nutty, toasty oak and complex flinty reduction along with lemon-curd MLF. The mouthfeel is rounded and the flavours form a fine-textured, firm core with good alcoholic drive and underlying fresh acidity. The flavours recede a little as the wine carries to a long and sustained finish. This is a well-concentrated, up-front Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus fruit and tropical fruit flavours intermixed with nutty and toasty oak with flinty detail.
Clones 15, 95, 548 and 809, the fruit comprising 83% from the ‘Om Santi’, ‘Palliser’ and ‘Clouston’ vineyards, and 13% Hawke’s Bay Mendoza clone fruit the ‘River Valley’ region, filly barrel-fermented, 12% by indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 8 months on lees in 24% new oak with full MLF.
Picking Date: April 2017
Bottled: December 2017