This Chardonnay hails from the picturesque Pipers Brook, a beautiful vineyard that is more than capable of producing pristine fruit for wines like this. A good balance achieved between fruit and mineral complexity in this wine, it’s laden with apples, pear and citrus as well as stone fruit before secondary notes of spicy oak. A wonderful harmony of fruit, oak and natural acids make for an expressive Chardonnay that works brilliantly with food.
Aroma: Peach, honeysuckle, melon and white grapefruit with subtle oak spice.
Palate: Nectarine, sweet lemon, vanilla bean custard and citrus sorbet. Lengthy vibrant acidity with bright citrus and seashell minerality.
The Vineyard: Produced from Chardonnay wine grapes sourced from high density vineyard blocks of significant vine age up to 40 years, specifically established and managed for table wine production in the Pipers Brook district. Close proximity to the sea gives these vines a distinctly cool maritime climate and a protracted growing season with gradual flavour and sugar accumulation.
Winemaking: Pipers Brook fruit for this Chardonnay was handpicked in excellent condition. Grapes were quickly chilled and pressed gently to yield pristine juice. Individual batches were then racked, incorporating the lighter lees, and transferred to French oak barrels where they remained until the completion of primary fermentation. Half of the barrels underwent full malolactic fermentation, along with cautious use of battonage, to create a rich, creamy palate texture. Judicious use of oak – 9 months in barrel – has introduced fine oak tannins to give structure. This wine combines persistence of flavour with elegance and finesse.