Chardonnay, Village — 2022
- County Composition: Kumeu, Auckland & Hawkes Bay
- Size: 14 hectares
- Vine Age: Vines planted between 1989-2016
100% hand harvested
100% whole-bunch pressed
100% malolactic fermentation
67% stainless steel tank fermentation
33% barrel fermentation (5 year old + French oak barriques)
- Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
- Alcohol: 13%
This wine is made from grapes grown in Kumeu and Hawkes Bay. It was fermented in a mix of old French oak barriques (33%) and stainless steel tanks (67%). The barrel fermentation adds some richness but little oak flavor, while the tank fermentation allows the vibrant fruit to shine through.
The wine has lively lime and lemon aromas, a flinty, mineral edge, and hints of fig and white peach. The 2022 Vintage was another good year, with Hawkes Bay fruit making up 55% of the final blend. Our own Rays Road vineyard provided fruit for the blend, giving the wine an extra limestone edge. The mid-palate is weighty with peachy ripeness and crisp acidity that gives the wine a refreshing, cleansing quality. This wine is enjoyable as an aperitif, and even better when paired with fish and shellfish.