Four & half star - Sam Kim Wine Orbit Review 2016
Four star - Raymond Chan 2016
Silver medal - Wines of Canterbury Wine Awards 2016
This chardonnay is elegant and rich, with concentrated fruit aromas of stone fruit, peach skin, caramel and hints of nut. The salivating palette exhibits fine juicy acidity and a full lingering finish. Can be cellared for 5–10 years.
14.5%Alc/vol (8.6 std drinks)
Harvest date: 19/4/15
Analysis: TA 11.03; pH 3.25
|Country||New Zealand||Region||Banks, Peninsula, Canterbury||Vineyard||Kokolo Vineyard, Teddington, Lyttelton Harbour||Block||Winton||Variety||Chardonnay||Year||2015||Harvest Date||19 April 2016||Brix at Harvest||23.8||Viticulturist(s)||
Cliff Woods and the Pattinson family. Crop load is closely managed and the canopy kept open to minimise disease and maximise maturation. Harvest was by hand.
|Soils||Loessal||Winemakers||Dom Maxwell and Gavin Tait||Winemaking||Fully barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 13 months in French seasoned oak with batonnage and 25% MLF.||Colour||Brilliant light golden-yellow colour||Bouquet||The nose is full and soft with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits. Apricots and tropical fruits, along with creamy barrel-ferment layers, buttery and caramel-like MLF and nuances of nutty lees.||Palate||
Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front with rich and luscious flavours of sweetly ripe stonefruits and tropical fruits, creamy and honied barrel-ferment and buttery MLF elements.
|Release Date||December 2016||Cellaring||Up to 5–10 years||Analysis||
TA: 11.03 g/L
Alcohol: 14.5% v/v (8.6 Standard drinks)
This is richly fruited and fragrant on the nose showing yellow stone fruit, mango, mandarin and butterscotch characters. The palate is succulent and beautifully weighted, and offers creamy texture and nutty complexity, leading to a lingering expansive finish. At its best: now to 2019. 91 points. 4.5 stars
Brilliant light golden-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and soft with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits. apricots and tropical fruits, along with creamy barrel-ferment layers, buttery and caramel-like MLF and nuances of nutty lees. Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front with rich and luscious flavours of sweetly ripe stonefruits and tropical fruits, creamy and honied barrel-ferment and buttery MLF elements. The mouthfeel is soft-textured, near-unctuous with a soft and fine phenolic thread underlining the fruit, with integrated acidity. A rounded core carries the wine to a creamy, nutty and buttery finish with good acid freshness and fine textures. This is a rich and creamy Chardonnay with tropical fruit and buttery flavours. Match with roast pork over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Kokolo’ vineyard at Chateris Bay, fully barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 13 months in seasoned oak with batonnage and 25% MLF. 17.0/20. 4 stars