"This is elegant and seductive, yet there is a powerful engine driving the concentrated fruit and layers of complex flavours. The bouquet is inviting, engaging and intriguing with aromas of white stone fruit, rockmelon, nougat and brioche, with hints of vanilla and cedar. Wonderful weight and harmony. Stunning composure and finish. At its best: 2016 to 2024." - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 5 Stars
"This is a real gem. Pristine fruit is the hero but the wine is stylishly enhanced by subtle infusion of oak. Aromas of stone fruit, lemon peel, rockmelon, and hints of vanilla and cashew lead to a concentrated palate that is richly textured and elegantly fruited, brilliantly framed by bright acidity. The finish is superbly long and creamy. Already a charmer with a potential to develop greater complexity. At its best: now to 2020." - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 5 Stars
Reflecting the renaissance of Chardonnay, this concentrated wine has it all - citrus fruits, mineral notes, nutty with crisp acidity, a creamy consistency and a rich texture. Small production of 100 cases.
Drink now or cellar to 2011.
The fruit for this vintage was again hand harvested at perfect ripeness and processed in the finest French barriques following their traditional vinification processes. Coloured straw-yellow, this wine has a pleasant nose of spicy, nutty oak, overlaid with peaches and nectarines. This combination is carried through to the palate, producing the classic taste of ripe stone fruit with a hint of oak. Complexity was added through a secondary malolactic fermentation giving a lush, buttery finish to the wine. This wine remains true to the traditional characteristics of Chardonnay produced in the Gladstone, Wairarapa district.
To our memory this is one of the more approachable Chardonnay’s we have produced so far. The small cropping levels we experienced did not necessarily produce a more intense wine, on the contrary, maturity was slowed down due to weather induced stress. These vintage circumstances formed softer tannins with a more ‘open’ and friendly phenolic structure.
A bright apple flesh colour reflects the early life stage of the wine. At first the creamy lees character supresses the aromatic profile of the wine and might be a reflection of time spent on full solids in barrel. With time in the glass the wine is sure to show tropical fruit characters like persimmon, pineapple and nectarines. By now almonds and brioche make their presence with coconut faintly in the background, paying respect to the oak.
The wine carries sufficient weight forming a stout and broad mouthfeel whilst it spreads consistently over the palate. This remarkable strength subdues the acidity creating an all-round experience. The ripe fruit is visible mostly on the back palate in the sense of white peach and nectarine, complemented by nougat and almonds. In its youth we recommend to open this wine well before consumption, allowing time to breathe, or be sure to decant. Our Chardonnay tends to evolve for another three to five years, but can be cellared longer for those with patience.
100% grown from Escarpment’s Te Muna Road site in what can be considered a remarkable year for the variety. The season allowed fruit to ripen wonderfully, producing powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone which combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create Burgundian inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stonefruit with delightful soft texture, ensuring a long commanding finish. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has enhanced the texture, complexity and mouth feel allowing it to match most entrée dishes and kaimoana.
Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.
Our Martinborough Vineyard Chardonnay is often described as a Chardonnay lover’s Chardonnay. Aromas of tropical fruit intertwine with notes of citrus, toast and popcorn that bring to mind the characteristics of great Chardonnay. Careful use of new oak has created a wine that is finely grained and focused, yet shows power, depth of flavour and a lovely mineral core.
Lifted fruit aromas of nectarines, apricots and pineapple have integrated with fermentation in oak to produce a wine of great texture. Extended yeast contact has leant itself to a creamy palate, with almond and toasted bread aromas. This wine shows depth of fruit and great palate weight that is enjoyable now or cellar for the next 6 years.
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