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Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2020

Typically fresh aromatics of quality Hawkes Bay Chardonnay are evident including citrus, white flowers and stone fruit.



Bridge Pa, Maraekakaho, Haumoana, Gimblett Gravels & Ohiti

Varietal Mix

Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Clones: 41% Clone 95, 31% Clone 15, 24% Clone 548, 4% Mendoza

Harvest Detail

Picked: 7th March to 6th April, 2020

Bottling Detail

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

TA: 5.3 g/L

pH: 3.41

RS: 1.49 g/L

Winemaking and Viticulture

Weather conditions leading up to the 2020 harvest were typical of a classic Hawke’s Bay summer – long hot sunny days with moderate-cool nights. As Autumn arrived the season became cooler yet remained dry, providing ideal ripening conditions while preserving natural acidity. Grapes were sourced from seven vineyards in five distinctly different sub-regions in Hawke’s Bay.

Each vineyard was harvested separately with the fruit gently pressed without crushing or de-stemming. Fermentations were carried out in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and 500-litre French oak puncheons, using either cultured or indigenous yeast. The former preserving fruit flavour, the latter imparting complexity and texture. Malolactic fermentation and ageing on yeast lees for six months further enhanced complexity and mouthfeel.

The Wine

Typically, fresh aromatics of quality Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay are evident on the nose including citrus, grapefruit and stone fruit. These are complemented on the palate by a creamy richness, hints of roasted nuts and gunflint, and a mouthwatering finish. A delicious Chardonnay of richness and finesse that can enjoyed on its own or matched with food. Try with rich seafood dishes or roast chicken.

Drink 2021 to 2025.

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