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Winemakers Reserve Chardonnay

Only produced when quality matches our aspirations, this wine is an individual barrel selection of two Bay View vineyards: Brian Howard’s dry farmed vineyard in Bay View sited on what was the old tidal estuary of the Esk River before the 1931 earthquake, and our home block at Esk Valley estate. Both are early ripening and planted with Clone 95. The Howard vineyard brings peachy notes and richness to the finished wine while our home block provides a grapefruit like acidity. This wine is crafted in a very hands off manner, totally reliant on the quality of the fruit.

WINEMAKING

The individual vineyard parcels were hand harvested and whole cluster pressed. Only low juice yields were taken. The unsettled juice was run by gravity to barrel for fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The finished wines were then left on lees without racking for 11 months before being carefully blended, and finally bottled. Malolactic fermentation is dependent on the nature of the vintage.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENT

This is a full bodied Chardonnay that displays vineyard-derived complexity and elegance. Naturally made with a 'hands off' approach it is food friendly and age worthy. It vividly exhibits the peachy notes of Bay View Chardonnay. Subtle oak and lees derived complexity from barrel ageing add further interest.

FOOD MATCH

Enjoy with rich seafood dishes especially crayfish.

IDEAL DRINKING

Delicious now or cellar for five + years.