The grapes for this 2014 Chardonnay were carefully selected from Highfield’s Omaka and Wairau Valley vineyards. The free-run juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new and one year old barriques and matured giving a beautiful balance of fruit and oak. A fine and elegant expression of Marlborough Chardonnay.
Colour: Light gold
Aroma: Grapefruit and nectarine combine with subtle oak, brioche and oatmeal biscuit notes
Palate: Fine and elegant with some creamy and toasty flavours. Oatmeal with layers of citrus and marmalade with refreshing minerality make this a focused and well balanced wine with a long finish.
Fermentation: Whole-bunched pressed into French oak barriques. Full solids fermentation and MLF 100% in barrel
Maturation: 12 months in French oak barrels
Total acidity: 5.9g/l
Residual sugar: 2.0g/l
Harvest dates: 10 April 2014
Bottling dates: April 2015, under screw cap
This wine is approachable, drinking well now and will mature nicely into 2019.
Well suited to cream based dishes and smoked seafood.