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Chardonnay, Greystone

The Chardonnay is a blend of two blocks and two clones – clone 95 and Mendoza.

Pale lemon in colour. Aromatics of brioche, roasted cashew and corn husk, underpinned by lime zest, fennel fronds, and pink grapefruit. The palate is expansive and rich, with crisp citrus zing and a generous finish with signature fine-grained oak.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

pH

3.41

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Dom Maxwell

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Waipara

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

ORGANIC

Yes

Vintage conditions

2019 was a small year for Chardonnay, due to limited flowering which required careful shoot selection and meticulous canopy management, allowing the best fruit to ripen over a settled autumn. Organically managed, the combination of undervine cultivation and fewer irrigation cycles has driven the Chardonnay roots deep into the soil.

Vinification details

The Chardonnay blocks are hand picked and processed without the use of additives. The Limestone block is pressed as whole bunches and the Clay block pressed after foot crushing. Each block was fermented separately in French oak barriques without intervention, allowing the wild yeasts and bacteria to perform primary and malo-lactic fermentation through to completion. Then barrel aged for 10 months before estate bottling without fining.

Awards

Vinous: 91 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Estate vineyards are managed organically.

 

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... it's hard to imagine it getting any better, but that's an exciting possibility.

Bob Campbell MW

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Chardonnay, Greystone

The Chardonnay is a blend of two blocks and two clones – clone 95 and Mendoza.

Aromatically inviting with golden kiwifruit, nashi with mild oak and coconut husk. The palate is full with generous flavours supported by fine grained oak phenolics and ripe acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

pH

3.49

ACIDITY

6.1 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Dom Maxwell

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

North Canterbury

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

ORGANIC

Yes

Vintage conditions

2018 was a generous year for Chardonnay, with careful shoot selection and meticulous canopy management, the best fruit was able to ripen perfectly over the long warm autumn.

Vinification details

The Chardonnay is a blend of two blocks and two clones – clone 95 and Mendoza. B95 is known for its big bunches and consistent performance, while Mendoza is known for its small, open grape bunches, intense citrus flavours and chalky minerality.

Grapes were hand-picked and processed without the use of additives. The Limestone block was pressed as whole bunches,  the Clay block pressed after foot crushing. Each block was fermented separately in French oak barriques without intervention, allowing the wild yeasts and bacteria to perform primary and malolactic fermentation through to completion. Barrel aged for 11 months before tank ageing for 3 months. Estate bottled without fining.

Awards

Bob Campbell MW: 95 pts
Winestate: 5*

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Estate vineyards are managed organically.

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... this is the kind of plush Chardonnay that's creeping back into fashion.

Decanter

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Chardonnay, Greystone

The Chardonnay is a blend of two blocks and two clones – clone 95 and Mendoza.

Golden in colour, this Chardonnay opens up in the glass to reveal stone fruit, citrus and subtle oak flavours, underscored by minerality from the limestone soils.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

8.0 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Dom Maxwell

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

April 2017

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

North Canterbury

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

2017 was a low cropping vintage, which lead to more intensely flavoured fruit.

Vinification details

The Chardonnay is a blend of two blocks and two clones – clone 95 and Mendoza. B95 is known for its big bunches and consistent performance. While Mendoza is known for its small, open grape bunches, intense citrus flavours and chalky minerality.

The Chardonnay blocks were picked separately before whole-bunch pressing each portion separately. The individual portions were kept separate and transferred into French Oak barriques (20% new) where they went through a wild fermentation over several months and a subsequent natural malolactic fermentation in mid-Summer. The wine was aged in barrel without racking for 11 months before estate bottling without fining.

Awards

Bob Campbell MW: 94 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 92 pts
Decanter: 92 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Estate vineyards are managed organically.

 

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