Chardonnay

Mills Reef

Elspeth

Chardonnay

Hawkes Bay

2014
Winemakers: Tim Preston & Paul Dawick
Alcohol: 13.5%
AWARDS
Winestate Magazine 2016 Winestate Magazine 2016
5 stars
Raymond Chan 2016 Raymond Chan 2016
5 STARS
Sam Kim 2015 Sam Kim 2015
5 stars (95 points)
Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2015 Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2015
GOLD
Bob Campbell 2016 Bob Campbell 2016
5 stars / 95 pts
M2 Magazine 2016 M2 Magazine 2016
5 stars
Tasting Note

2014 was an excellent vintage in Hawkes Bay, allowing the fruit to be picked unhurried at optimal ripeness. The grapes for this superior Chardonnay were sourced from our ultra-premium vineyard site at Mere Road Vineyard.

The fruit was handpicked between 13 and 15 March 2014, whole-bunch pressed and placed into barrel for alcoholic fermentation with specially selected yeasts, allowing 13% to ferment spontaneously.

Approximately 25% of the wine was subsequently put through malolactic fermentation to bring enhanced and softened texture. Both the MLF andthe non-malo portion were blended, and aged in quality oak (91% French, 23% new) for 11 months sur lie, with frequent stirring to release important flavour components.

Stringent barrel selection followed in February 20145 to compose the final wine, before bottling under screwcap on 5 March 2015.

This outstanding Chardonnay from our superior Gimblett Gravel vineyard has striking intensity, complexity and balance. It bursts with tropical peach and cashew notes, with an influence of wild yeast character, complemented with a judicious seasoning of toasty oak, and a creamy texture. Already delicious, it continue to evolve and delight with cellaring.

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