The Chardonnay (clone 95 and 15), grown on a standard two cane canopy, is planted on the most western part of the Paritua vineyard on Marekakaho Road in the Bridge Pa Triangle wine region. Fruit exposure is limited to achieve excellent flavor and phenolics balance. The vines sit at an altitude of 130 feet and are 13 years old on average.
Alluvial (gravel & silty loam)
Several batches of machine and hand harvested fruit were de-stemmed to press. After a slow pressing cycle the juice was settled and then fermented in both stainless-steel tanks and French oak barriques (20%). Selected yeast strains are used to create complexity and depth. The wine is kept on yeast lees for several months before blending, fining and filtration.
12 months in oak (20% new) and stainless steel
Richly fruited and generously expressed, the bouquet shows grilled peach, mango, hazelnut and vanilla characters with subtle spicy complexity. The palate is succulent and beautifully rounded with creamy texture and nicely pitched acidity, finishing long and smooth.