MIDDLE-EARTH Chardonnay 2016

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  • This approachable Chardonnay has aromas of yellow peach, grilled pineapple and hazelnut. These flavours follow through upon tasting and the wine is at once silky and juicy. The wine has excellent presence is balanced and long lived on the palate.

    This wine has enough charisma to confidently fly solo as an aperitif in the cooler months. If you would like to team it with a nibble try any hard or nutty flavoured cheese and a crumbly oaty cracker. If you would like to take it to dinner try with smoked fish/chicken dishes and salads. Its character melds well with creamy sauces – its acidity cutting through the fat a little. Read macaroni cheese on Sunday night!!


  • VARIETAL Chardonnay 2016
    VINEYARD Lord Rutherford, Brightwater, Nelson
    HARVEST April 2016
    BARREL AGING French and American Oak
    ALCOHOL 13.5%
    RESIDUAL SUGAR 2.5g/L
    PH 3.55
    T/A 5.5g/L

    The Chardonnay for this wine, a blend of CL15 and Mendoza was harvested on the 6th April 2016, processed to the press then only gently squeezed. The juice was settled overnight, racked first thing the next morning off only the heavy juice solids to its ferment tank.

    Inoculated with a yeast chosen for its contribution to mouthfeel and subtle nutty flavours the ensuing ferment ticked along without a hitch. When only a few grams of sugar remained in the wine it was racked off the heavy yeast lees to finish ferment and undergo aging on fine lees with a cheeky dash of American and a sliver of French oak.

    The yeast lees were routinely stirred through the wine enhancing palate weight and texture. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and once we liked the acid profile the wine was finished for bottling - early February 2017.


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