2017 Chardonnay SV 5182
The growing conditions here in Marlborough, mean that it is well-suited for the production of world class Chardonnay. We have a relatively cool climate which results in a long, even growing season which is great for flavour development. This means that we can make a style of Chardonnay which balances concentration and complexity, whilst retaining the finesse that a higher natural acidity brings – which is unashamedly the style we like to drink! We have the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay and the vines are 38 years old now, the wine is made using traditional techniques.
Lifted aromas of grapefruit, toasted almond, and white nectarine are complemented by smoky, savoury notes, white florals and hints of spice. These aromas follow on to complex, supple palate with real depth of flavour including grapefruit, fresh fig and white stone-fruit as well as savoury, mineral notes. Well integrated toasty oak and a lingering, spicy persistence complete this wine.
Raymond Chan – 5 Stars
This is a rich and gently plush Chardonnay with stonefruit, nutty and oxidative complexities on a fine-textured palate with style, power and drive. Match with seafood, poultry and pork
Nick Stock – 93 points
Some rich melon, peach and spiced-biscuit aromas leading to a palate that has a very smooth, deeply weighted core of fresh stone-fruit and melon flavors. Lightly toasty finish.