Highfield Chardonnay

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.

Sensory Notes

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.

Technical Notes

Fermentation: Whole-bunched pressed into French oak barriques. Full solids fermentation and MLF 100% in barrel
Maturation: 12 months in French oak barrels
Alcohol: 13.0%
Total acidity: 5.9g/l
pH: 3.48
Residual sugar: 2.0g/l
Harvest dates: 10 April 2014
Bottling dates: April 2015, under screw cap

Cellaring Potential

This wine is approachable, drinking well now and will mature nicely into 2019.

Food Suggestions

Well suited to cream based dishes and smoked seafood.

Highfield Chardonnay