The aim for this Chardonnay is to work with some outstanding fruit to make a wine that is complex, textural and shows the vineyard in as natural a way as possible.

This fruit comes from a small parcel from the Taylor vineyard, located in the Rapaura region of Marlborough.

The area was once old riverbed and as such the soils have a lot of river stones, combined with silt and clay components also. Typically it is a slightly warmer area of the valley and as such we find the fruit ripens relatively early. The vineyard is made up of three different clones; MVIG1, 15 and 95, all adding to the complexity of the wine. The vines were cropped low to ensure ripeness and palate richness.

In the winery the grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the high-solids juice taken straight to French barriques for fermentation with indigenous yeast. After 15 months in oak we felt the balance was correct and took the wine from barrel. It was then aged a further six months in bottle before release.


Variety: Chardonnay
Winegrowing Team: Brian Bicknell, Pat Patterson, Phoebe Cathcart, our focused growers and brilliant vintage staff
Alcohol: 12.8 %
Titratable acidity: 5.9 g/L
Residual sugar: <1 g/L
Brix at harvest: 21.0 - 22.0
Harvest: Handpicked on the 1st and 3rd April 2018