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Nelson Unoaked Chardonnay 2011
• 4 Stars & Best Buy: Cuisine Magazine, May 2012, NZ
• Recommended by Winestate Magazine, Australia 2011
Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 22.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid April 2011
T.A of Wine: 8.1g/L
PH of Wine: 3.34
Our Rabbit Island vineyards are situated on a wide river flat. The soil is made up of gravelly sandy loam, which marks the sites of Maori kumara beds (sweet potato) prior to European settlement in the early 1800’s. The Maori transferred and spread fine gravel and sand over the land to provide suitable soils for their kumara plantings. Scrub was burned to give ash and charcoal, which increased soil fertility and gave characteristic topsoil. This fertility is now considerably reduced due to modern farming. The soils are however very sandy and free draining and the water table is relatively high ensuring adequate underground water. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea, which helps moderate summer temperatures.
Traditionally Chardonnay is made in an oaked style, however we are often asked: what does Chardonnay as a grape variety with no oak ageing taste like? This is it! The 2011 fruit was harvested in optimal condition and long before the Autumn rain arrived. The grapes were picked, pressed, then the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks to capture the natural tropical fruit characters of the grape variety, without influence from oak. The wine was blended and bottled in July.
The 2011 Chardonnay is pure and varietal with clear mineral acidity defining the palate. Tropical fruit characters and lees weight fill out the palate to leave a lasting impression.
Bottle Size: 750ml
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