“The Chenin Blanc 2021 has a haunting nose of flowers, fresh lemon peel, ripe juicy apples and underlying gravelly earthiness. The palate hints at honey on the juicy, quite weighty off-dry palate which tightens up and twists with both earthiness and lemon pith. Crisp, tangy acidity sets off the honeyed notes, while lemon balm herbal flavours provide freshness to balance the ripe apple fruit. Very easy going, and a relative crowd-pleaser for Chenin (which is not the world’s friendliest grape!) Certainly plenty to hold interest here on the palate, despite the sliver of sweetness making its presence felt throughout. A wine which, although drinking well now, is holding its best qualities in reserve if you can hold onto a few bottles for 3-5 years.” – Stephen Wong MW
Tasting Note: Intense citrus and pear with background notes of stonefruit and lychee. Rich and textural, with gorgeous and refreshing green apple acidity. Juicy grapefruit lingers on the palate with a fine, pithy phenolic. Our Chenin Blanc is grown by Ian and Linda Quinn at Two Terraces Vineyard, on the Mangatahi Terraces, 15km further inland from the Gimblett Gravels. The Managatahi Terraces are ancient river terraces formed over thousands of years by the Ngaruroro River, which now flows more than 30m below the vineyard. These terraces are made up of greywacke and gravel under volcanic, stony, silt based, topsoil.
Winemaking Notes: Pressed after 6 hours on skins and settled over night. Racked, inoculated with QA23 yeast, and fermented at 13-15oC before being stopped just before dry. Left on lees for 5 months, before being bottled in August 2021.
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
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