Harvest 2014 was notable for the excellent quality of fruit produced thanks to a season that was warm and dry for Nelson. Excellent concentration of flavours and ripeness levels were reached several weeks earlier than expected,resulting in an early start to harvesting in the second week of
Fortuitously this meant that when more than 200mm of rain hit the upper South Island mid-April our fruit was now juice, happily fermenting in the winery.
During the first week of April the Chardonnay grapes for this wine, clones 15, B95, 2/23 and Mendoza were harvested from our vineyards on the Waimea plains. This combination of clones contributing both citrus as well as stone-fruit characters to the wine.
After gently pressing the grapes the juice was briefly settled to remove only excessive solids. The juice was racked to a mix of new and seasoned French oak barriques and puncheons. It was then inoculated with a variety of specialty yeast strains chosen to enhance varietal character and provide an array fermentation characters. Following primary ferment the lees were stirred through the wine once a month to enhance palate-weight and texture. Partial malolactic fermentation was deployed and once acid balance deemed correct the wine was finished for bottling nearly one year later during March 2015.