Ripe tropical fruits—pineapple and ripe melon—with hints of butterscotch.
An approachable and full-bodied Chardonnay that shows great length and persistence. Ripe stonefruit, butterscotch, and citrus characters show through well, in a style uncluttered by oak.
Two years with confidence.
If you like you Chardonnay with true expression of fruit then this is the one to love! This wine does not hide behind any oak. It’s a crisp wine that tastes of the succulence and freshness of the grape.
White peach, grapefruit and melon with a hint of pineapple flavours are supported by a soft and textured mouthfeel (achieved through malolactic fermentation). It may have no oak, but this wine has an abundance of character. Drink it with all seafood, delicate white meats and creamy pasta dishes.
This is the wine that started the company, before Sauvignon Blanc became famous! Our style -- ripe and forward with intense stone fruit and nashi pear flavors, coupled with powerful and strong citrus/pink grapefruit characters along with a nuttiness and generous mouth feel.
We seek to produce a wine that expresses the natural Chardonnay fruit characters (not hiding behind oak), being stonefruit and pineapple. The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation to add roundness and fullness to the wine as well as hazelnut aromas and flavors. We aim for a full-bodied Chardonnay without the encumbrance of oak.
|Wine maker notes
|If you like Chardonnay with true expression of fruit then this is one to love! This wine does not hide behind any oak. It’s a crisp wine that tastes of the succulence and freshness of the grape.
The grapes for this wine are from selected vineyards in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay on the East Coast of New Zealand. These Chardonnay grapes were selected to create an approachable, and fruit-forward, unoaked-style Chardonnay. Exposure of the bunches to sunlight is imperative to our style, which is ripe and fruit driven. Canopy management reflects the desired flavor profile. Clone selection is important in this style as we seek intense stone fruit and pear flavors, coupled with powerful and strong citrus characters. Secondary malolactic fermentation gives nuttiness and generous mouthfeel.
|A great match for seafood, white meats, and “fusion” food.