2017

Church House Chardonnay

Rich and weighty

 

This elegant Gisborne Chardonnay is big, rich and full with great length and weight.

Vegan friendly

Clear
VARIETAL

100% Chardonnay

VINEYARD

Tietjen and Briant

CLONE

Mendoza, ENTAV-INRA 548 and ENTAV-INRA 809

APPELLATION

Hexton Hills and Patutahi Plateau

VINTAGE

2017

Profile

Dry

ALCOHOL

13.4%

TA

5.24 g/L

pH

3.60

RESIDUAL SUGAR

<1.0 g/L

VOLUME

750 mL

Church House Chardonnay

Vineyard Review

The grapes for this elegant Gisborne Chardonnay are grown from two select parcels from the Briant and Tietjen vineyards. The wine is made from a mixture of Chardonnay clones; 70% Mendoza, 15% ENTAV-INRA 548 and 15% ENTAV-INRA 809. The Chardonnay vines achieved good ripeness and with low yields came excellent flavours and weight to the fruit.

Winemaking

Harvested in the cool of the morning, the fruit for this wine reached superb ripeness after another warm summer in Gisborne. All the grapes were machine harvested, gently pressed and slightly clarified prior to fermentation. The juice was inoculated with the indigenous yeast from this vineyard, which provided layers of flavour and aroma complexity, as well as wonderful palate texture. The juice was cool fermented till dry and then underwent full malolactic fermentation and spent 4 months on lees before being stabilized and bottled.

Tasting Notes

Colour

Light golden colour.

Aroma

Ripe peach and melon layered with butterscotch and toasty oak notes.

Palate

The palate is big, rich and full with great length and weight.

Food Match

Enjoy with seafood, white meats and cheeses.

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