2018 Chardonnay

$26.90 each
$24.21 per unit for buying at least 12
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An aromatic Chardonnay displaying white peach and toasted brioche with a creamy texture that makes it easy to drink. It is a medium bodied wine with ripe nectarine-like fruit and underlying notes of roasted almonds and cinnamon. The wine boasts a cleanand crisp finish, lovely persistent minerality and savory toastiness.

Pair our Mt. Beautiful Chardonnay with poached chicken, fresh baked salmon, Coquille St. Jacques, and a playful perspective about life.

2018 was a good growing year overall and was warmer and wetter than normal for North Canterbury. This led to a very good growing season; good flowering, nice even bunches and early ripening. Picking commenced on the 26th March and finished on the 7th April,about 10 days earlier than 2017. All of our Chardonnay was handpicked in different batches depending on levels of ripeness. It was then gently whole bunch pressed which resultedin delicate fruit-driven aromas and good palate weight, while minimizing the extraction of undesirable phenolics. Once pressed, the juice settled for 12-24 hours before the clear juice was put (50/50 split) into tank and barrel (new and neutral oak) for fermentation. About half of the barrels went through the malolactic fermentation to soften the acid balance and broaden the palate. Both barrel and tank components were aged on lees for 10 months, adding textural elements to the wine. The end result is a wine with fine stonefruit character, creaminess of texture and length.

Our Chardonnay is planted on the most Northern part of the vineyard and is hand-tended and hand-harvested. The clones are a mixture of French clones B95, 548, UCD15 and UCD1 grafted onto different rootstocks. The vineyard is in charge of dictating the flavour profile of the Chardonnay, so far yielding flavours of peachy stone fruits and creamy almonds. The first vintage was 2013.

Chardonnay Vineyard Stats:
Planted 2006-2019
2 blocks, 6.4 ha (15.8 ac)
154 rows, 17,433 vines
Spacing: @2.4 x 1.0 m
Yield: 8 T/ha (3.23 T/ac)

Alcohol 14.1%
TA 6.7 g/L
pH 3.45
RS 1 g/L

Bottled: March 2019 
Production: 1,145 cases 


Name of the license holder: Dionysus Ventures Limited
License number: 57/OFF/411/2019
License expiry date: 27th day of February 2022
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