Riverview, Hawkes Bay2019
The 2018/19 growing season in Hawkes Bay enjoyed a climate of consistently warm clear sunny days and uniform temperatures, allowing grapes to develop perfectly and be harvested unhurried at optimal ripeness. The grapes for this superior Chardonnay were grown in the Maraekakaho District of Hawkes Bay on alluvial soils of the Riverview terraces, located on the lower reaches of the Ruahine foothills where they flank the Ngaruroro River. This area enjoys a renowned reputation for producing some of Hawkes Bay’s finest Chardonnays.
The grapes were handpicked in two parcels on the 27th of March and 7th of April 2019 respectively, lightly pressed and transferred to barrel for alcoholic fermentation with both indigenous and specially selected yeasts to optimise the natural Chardonnay flavour profile whilst adding interest, depth and to encourage the vineyard’s natural terroir expression.
The wine was also allowed to undergo 100% malolactic fermentation to develop an enhanced and softened texture. A portion was allowed to maintain diacetyl levels for richness and then aged in quality 100% French oak (32% new) for 12 months sur lie, with frequent stirring to release important flavour components.
Bottling took place under screwcap on the 23rd of June 2020
This distinguished single vineyard Chardonnay exudes presence and finesse. The palate is wonderfully mouth-filling and creamy, with intense peach and apricot flavours in harmony with fine French oak seasoning, leading to a satisfyingly long cashew, butterscotch and ginger spice finish. Instantly appealing, enjoy now or allow to age gracefully with careful cellaring.
"An enticing bouquet with a finesse, enticing complexity and a layer of purity. Flavours of lightly roasted stone fruits and apple, citrus then cashew and brazil nut. Vanilla cream and mild baking spices, medium+ acidity, oak and spices and smoke emerge as the wine opens up in glass. Creamy and full-bodied with an opulent core and lengthy finish." - Cameron Douglas, World of Wine - 93 Score