Nelson Reserve Chardonnay 2011
Te Mania’s premier white wine produced in seasons where fruit quality achieves an exceptional standard. In making this wine we have selected only the finest fruit from 16 year old vines in our Home Block vineyard. The grapes are of the ‘Mendosa’ clone renowned for their low yielding, high quality fruit.
Nose: A rich nose with marmalade, ripe grapefruit, cedary oak and biscuity characters.
Palate: Full, rich, sweet palate with ripe, concentrated fruit backed by generous oak. Some savoury/biscuity characters with toasty vanilla and a touch of nuttiness. Powerful, complex and well-weighted with a round, creamy, lingering finish.
Vintage: Intensive viticulture, including Scott Henry trellising and hand leaf plucking, ensures maximum exposure of the grapes to the sun and encourages optimum ripeness and flavour development.
The grapes were gentle pressed to get the finest quality juice. The juice was then fermented in a selection of oak barrels (33% new oak) where the wines lees where stirred once per month and aged for 11 months before blending, filtration and bottling. Full malolactic fermentation has added to the complexity of the finished wine.
Diet: Suitable for vegan diets
Organic status: Certified Organic BioGro New Zealand
Brilliant, even, straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, and a little pale green on edge. The bouquet is full and powerful with deep aromas of citrus fruits, mealy, nutty oak and barrel-ferment toasty notes. Full-bodied with good weight and presence, rich, ripe citrussy fruit and toasty, spicy oak flavours are harmoniously integrated forming a soft and dense core and rounded mouthfeel. The flavours are underlined by bright and balanced acidity and barrel-fermentation creaminess is a feature. The fruit and oak flow smoothly to a fulsome, soft finish with moderate length. This is a full-bodied, weighty and softly mouthfilling Chardonnay with rich citrus and oak flavours. Match with roasted fish, poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. «««« Stars - Raymond Chan
This youthful Chardonnay is offering plenty already with fragrant aromas of peach, mango, cream and vanillin oak. The palate is succulent and intensely flavoured with excellent weight and silky texture, leading to a long, crisp finish. A lovely engaging Chardonnay. Certified organic. ««««½ Stars, 91 points
- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
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