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Single Vineyard 125 Gimblett Chardonnay 2019

Truly great Chardonnay is an exhilarating drink. When all the elements – ripe fruit, savoury oak, refreshing acidity – are in balance, working together in harmony, the result is a sublime combination of richness, power, sophistication and refinement. This is our vision when making Chardonnay and what we feel we have captured in this, our second, single vineyard release.



Region: Hawke's Bay, NZ

Vineyard Appellation: Gimblett Gravels

Vineyard: Tin Shed, 125 Gimblett Road

Varietal Mix

100% Chardonnay

CLONES: 71% Clone 95/29% Clone 548

Harvest Detail

Picked 13th - 19th March

Bottling Detail

Alc. 13.0%

TA 5.2 g/L

pH 3.43

RS 0.69 g/L

Winemaking & Viticulture

Hand harvested fruit from Clone 95 and Clone 548 Chardonnay vines in our “Tin Shed” vineyard on 125 Gimblett Road was gently pressed and the juice fermented in a brand new 500-litre French oak puncheons. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged to soften the acidity and impart further richness. The wine spent 17 months on yeast lees building further texture and complexity before being racked out of barrel, filtered and bottled in September 2020 with no fining.

The Wine

Tantalising aromas of ripe stonefruit and citrus blossom are complemented by complex hints of toasted spices, roasted nuts, vanilla and nougat.

The wine is rich and full in the mouth yet remains tight and composed with superb persistence and length of flavour. Pristine stone fruit flavours combined with cedary/toasty oak, a gently drying texture and a fine thread of tangy acidity coalesce to a long, salivating finish.

A sublime Chardonnay of class and refinement that will keep you engrossed till the very last drop.

Drink 2021 to 2031

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