Gold Medal 2015 Wine Orbit Review
Silver medal 2015 Wines of Canterbury Wine Awards
Pure Bronze Medal - Air New Zealand Wine Awards
The grapes for this wine have come exclusively from the Kokolo vineyard at the head of Lyttelton Harbour and have been nurtured with meticulous attention to quality and flavour development.
A very fruit driven chardonnay with tropical fruit aromas and citrus, laced with biscuit and lemon cheesecake. The wine has a vibrant line of acidity driving the palette length with a rounded creamy texture.
Can be cellared for up to 5 - 10 years.
|Country||New Zealand||Region||Banks, Peninsula, Canterbury||Vineyard||Kokolo Vineyard, Teddington, Lyttelton Harbour||Block||Winton||Variety||Chardonnay||Year||2014||Harvest Date||11 April 2014||Brix at Harvest||21.1||Viticulturist(s)||Cliff Woods and the Pattinson family||Soils||Winemakers||Dom Maxwell and Gavin Tait||Winemaking||Colour||Bouquet||A very fruit driven chardonnay with tropical fruit aromas and citrus, laced with biscuit and lemon cheesecake.||Palate||The wine has a vibrant line of acidity driving the palette length with a rounded creamy texture.||Release Date||March 2015||Cellaring||Up to 5–10 years||Analysis||
TA: 9.23 g/L
Alcohol: 13.5% v/v (8.0 Standard drinks)
Clones 95, 15 and Mendoza from the ‘Winton’ block of the ‘Kokolo’ vineyard, fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in seasoned French oak on lees, without batonnage, and 75% MLF. Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter edged. The nose is full with aromas of apricots and yellow stonefruit aromas with harmoniously melded notes of nutty oak, caramel, spices, butterscotch MLF and nuances of savoury honey. Medium-full bodied, the flavours are elegantly presented and softly accessible, showing apricots, stonefruits honey and caramel elements. Nutty oak and butterscotch MLF adds interest, and the flavours build in depth. The mouthfeel is soft, with integrated acidity and a fine, textured line carries the wine to a crisp, fine finish with a little dry grip unfolding savoury caramel and nutty notes. This is a soft, gentle, stonefruited Chardonnay with apricot, caramel and buttery flavours, and a dry finish. Match with Asian poultry dishes over the next 2-3 years. 15.5+/20 Nov 2015 RRP $36.00 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
This is beautifully styled and seriously good. Complex aromas of stone fruit, citrus, oatmeal and toasted almond with a touch of flinty complexity on the nose. It is concentrated and expansive on the palate, and shows excellent fruit intensity, backed by juicy acidity. The wine is silky, rounded and persistent, and offers terrific drinking. At its best: now to 2020. Oct 2015. 94 points 5 stars Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2015