2018

Church House Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

Rich and weighty

 

This elegant barrel fermented 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

2018

Profile

Dry

ALCOHOL

13.0%

TA

5.24 g/L

pH

3.60

RESIDUAL SUGAR

<1.0 g/L

VOLUME

750 mL

Church House Barrel Fermented 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, creating a wine with more layers of flavour and complexity; 50% Mendoza, 35% ENTAV-INRA 548 and 15% ENTAV-INRA. Premium Burgundies use 809 as a blending component to give them a lovely aromatic lift and so we apply this principle to our wonderfully layered Chardonnay. The 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. A portion of the grapes were hand-picked and a portion 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 a 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. A portion of the blend is fermented and aged in a combination of American and European barrels. The barrels selected here are from the parcels we don’t deem quite good enough to make the Irwin status but are still of exceptional quality to even be considered! The wine also undergoes full malolactic fermentation.

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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