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Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island Valley Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 22.9°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March - Early April 2016
PH of Wine: 3.35
T.A of Wine: 6.3g/L
Residual Sugar: <1g/L (dry)
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The Rabbit Island Vineyard is situated on a wide river flat. The soil is gravelly sandy loam which is very sandy and free draining. These vineyards range in age from six years to 32 years and are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea, which helps moderate 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 Chardonnay for our 2016 Nelson Rabbit Island Chardonnay was picked in pristine health when late summer conditions persisted in to the autumn months. The grapes were then pressed, and 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, stabilised, and finally bottled in its youth capturing the fresh characters of this wine.
The 2016 Rabbit Island Chardonnay is gently fragrant with notes of blossoms and citrus flowers. The palate is clean and fresh with new seasons stonefruit; the wine has a generous finish with long lasting flavours.