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Greystone Chardonnay, Waipara, New Zealand, 2016 (6x75cl)

Greystone Chardonnay, Waipara, New Zealand, 2016 (6x75cl)


Initially toasty with wild herb, cream and buttery undertones. Ripe stonefruit flavours adds to the complexity. Full-bodied with a chalky phenolic finish. Finer citrus notes provide energy and flow to the lingering palate. VITICULTURIST'S NOTES The 2016 vintage had a warm and dry start to the growing season, which led to even bud burst. Shoot extension was reasonably slow due to dry soil conditions and flowering occurred in fine weather. Bunch configuration was large but open bunches with small berries. The growing season continued warm and dry with no disease pressure. Minimal leaf removal was employed to retain fresh acidity and crisp phenolics.

We hand pick our Chardonnay blocks separately before whole bunch pressing. We foot crush our B95 clone from clay soils to obtain phenolic presence. All lots were transferred into French Oak barriques (25% new) where they went through natural fermentation over several months and natural malo-lactic fermentation in mid-Summer. The wine ages in barrel without racking for 11 months in oak before estate bottling without fining

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