86 Points (4 Stars): Wine Orbit, New Zealand, October 2023
Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 22.8°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 2023
PH of Wine: 3.56
T.A of Wine: 6.8g/L
Residual Sugar: 1 g/L (dry)
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The Rabbit Island Vineyard is situated on a wide river at. 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 2023 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.
Our 2023 Rabbit Island Chardonnay is appealing and inviting with tropical aromas - mango, peach and hints of pineapple. The palate is well balanced with so creamy acidity sitting alongside generous fruit weight leaving a long lingering finish on the wine.