2016

Irwin Chardonnay

Rich with harmonious acidity

 

This flagship Chardonnay expresses a medley of peach and melon flavours, overlaid with toasty oak. A rich, ripe style with finely integrated oak and a taut but harmonious acidity on the finish.

Clear
VARIETAL

100% Chardonnay

VINEYARD

Tietjen

CLONE

Mendoza

APPELLATION

Hexton Hills (Golden Slopes)

VINTAGE

2016

AREA VINES

1.765 hectares

CROPPING REGIME

6 tonnes per hectare – hand picked

Profile

Dry

ALCOHOL

13.4%

TA

5.15 g/L

pH

3.58

RESIDUAL SUGAR

<1.0 g/L

NO. OF BOTTLES

3449

VOLUME

750 mL

Irwin Chardonnay

Vineyard Review

This flagship Chardonnay is made from 100% Mendoza grapes from the famous Tietjen vineyard on the Golden Slopes sub region of Gisborne. The site has a rich history in producing award-winning Chardonnays for over 20 years. This narrow 10km strip is made up of small parcels of elevated sloping land. Medium to heavy Kaiti slay base is overlaid with 20-30cm of light black topsoil, with influences from the limestone foothills. These conditions allow wines to grow with a balance suited to super-premium winemaking.

We target low volumes, the grapes are hand leaf plucked and the crop reduced to 6 tonnes per hectare to increase the intensity and flavours in the wine.

Winemaking

Hand picked in the cool of the morning, the fruit for this wine achieved superb ripeness after another warm season in Gisborne. The grapes were gently pressed and slightly clarified prior to fermentation. The juice was then inoculated with the indigenous yeast from the vineyard using a technique called Pied du Cuvé. Here we pick a small parcel of grapes and crush prior to the full harvest and allow them to ferment on the skins. We then add these back into the juice to ferment the full parcel. This gives us a true expression
and terroir of the vineyard and provides layers of flavour and aroma complexity, as well as wonderful palate texture. Fermentation in a mixture of American and Hungarian oak barriques ensures a perfect integration of oak character and full malolactic fermentation adds richness and length. The wine is sir lie for 10 months before careful fining and bottling.

Tasting Notes

Colour

A lovely golden colour

Aroma

Stonefruit and toasty oak

Palate

A rich, ripe style with stoenfruit and melon flavours overlaid with toasty oak. The wine has a taut but harmonious acidity on the finish.

Food Match

Perfect with seafood such as scallops and crayfish.

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