Nice solid vintage for our inaugural Chardonnay from sunny Gisborne! A little bit of dampness creeping in around harvest but nothing too major, enabling us to bring the fruit in when acid and flavor were nicely in balance.
The style intention with this wine has always been a big, bold wine with plenty of Tropical fruit that Gisborne does so well but underpinned with a small amount of oak and Malolactic creaminess.
This wine didn’t see any time in small barrels but we still brought the oak to it…we fermented 75% of it on French oak and put about half the wine through Malolactic fermentation. Lots of time on the yeast lees has also helped the wine gain some lovely soft texture but still retaining fruit and freshness.