VALLI Waitaki Chardonnay 2019

VALLI Waitaki Chardonnay 2019

VALLI Waitaki Chardonnay 2019

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Tasting Notes: The 2019 growing season was cool in nature, particularly at flowering, resulting in a small fruit set and a "normal” Waitaki harvest in late April / early May. The limestone-rich soils influence both the shape and the flow of this wine with its mouth-filling texture underlined by candid acidity. The nose has both tropical and citrus aromas with hints of zest and vanilla. The intense palate builds in the mouth with a silky/citrus character that is wonderfully salivating. Made in tiny quantities, this young wine is immediately enjoyable and will continue to reward for many years.

Winemaking Notes: Harvested between 23rd April and 5th May 2019, from 8-12 year old vines. 100% whole bunch. 1728 bottles total production. The small bunches were hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed for gentle extraction. The pressed juice was homogenized and put directly to barrel without settling in order to benefit from the full solids during fermentation. The wine was fermented in French oak barriques (22% new) with weekly stirring through malolactic fermentation. It was blended at 11 months and bottled without filtration. Natural sediment may occur.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Variety: Chardonnay

Region: Waitaki Valley, North Otago, New Zealand

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