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The aim for this Chardonnay is to work with some outstanding fruit to make a wine that is complex, textural and shows the vineyard in as natural a way as possible.
This fruit comes from a small organically grown and certified parcel from the Tobemore vineyard, located in the Rapaura region of Marlborough.
The area was once old riverbed and as such the soils have a lot of river stones, combined with silt and clay components also. Typically it is a slightly warmer area of the valley and as such we find the fruit ripens relatively early. The vineyard is made up of three different clones; MVIG1, 15 and 95, all adding to the complexity of the wine. The vines were cropped low to ensure ripeness and palate richness.
In the winery the grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the high-solids juice taken straight to French barriques (22% new) for fermentation with indigenous yeast. After 16 months in oak we felt the balance was correct and took the wine from barrel. It was then aged a further six months in bottle before release.