Mere Road, Hawkes Bay2016
5 STARS (95 points)
2016 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 on 22 March 2016, whole-bunch pressed and transferred into barrel for alcoholic fermentation with specially selected yeasts to optimise the Chardonnay flavour profile while adding interest and depth.
Approximately 42% of the wine was put through malolactic fermentation to bring enhanced and softened texture. Both the MLF and the non-maloportions were blended, and aged in quality 100% French oak (52% new) for 11 months sur lie, with frequent stirring to release important flavour components.Stringent barrel selection followed in February 2017 to compose the final wine, before bottling under screwcap on 20 March 2017.
This distinguished single vineyard Chardonnay shows strength and finesse, its wonderfully mouthfilling peach and biscuity flavours, with fine French oak adding delicious creamy toastiness to the very long fruit profile, finishes soft and spicy.It is instantly appealing with the potential to age gracefully, if preferred.