At Cottier Estate, the magic is made courtesy of their location right beside the Ruamahunga River. This gives them the perfect mix of soil (light alluvial river deposits over a shingly gravel substrate) which provides a free draining environment for the hardest workers at Cottier Estate, their vines.
The vines are also pretty happy about the climate they find themselves in. At latitude 41 south, they've got the ideal microclimate. The hot summer days with cool nights combined with long gentle autumns, ensure the grapes reach perfect ripeness to then be turned into some very special wines for you to enjoy.
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.
On the palate, medium-bodied with light crisp flavours of pear and a touch of citrus. This beautiful pale gold wine exudes a lovely aroma of fresh fruit with a garnish of spice. Will naturally accompany dishes Vietnamese style, perhaps blue cod, or even duck.
This wine is drinking well now and will hold up well for another three to five years.
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