This wine is crafted to showcase the elegant flavours achieved in the Bridge Pa triangle of Hawkes Bay while also providing the complexity, structure. This wine was designed to be a nod to the older big, ‘oaky’ stlye of Chardonnay.
Fully barrel femented, 35% new oak with the balance in seasoned French oak barrels.
Comprising of nice batches of Chardonnay, each batch was treated separately in the winery with some batches fermented on full solids and others from cleaner juice.
80% of this blend went through malolactic fermentation.
This variation in batches creates complexity in the wine as each barrel is kept separate for 7months before deciding final blending components. Once blended it is put back to barrel for an additional 6months to intergrate. All barrels were lees stirred for the first 5months in barrel, this is to add complexity and build palate weight and richness.