2014 is the first and current vintage of this Marlborough Te Ahu Chardonnay made by TerraVin.
Spring began mild and dry which led to an early budburst. This, and good conditions during flowering, meant there was potential for large bunches and potentially high yield. Early green bunch removal brought our vines and yields back in balance.
Mild weather through the rest of the season and some warm weather during February led to an early harvest with slightly higher brix at harvest than usual. The early harvest was welcome as later in April some heavy rains arrived providing a challenge to those with fruit not harvested.
Hand harvested into 10kg bins
Harvested on the 14th of March
The 100% Chardonnay fruit was hand picked and gently whole bunch pressed to barrels with no settling. The wild ferment, partial malo-lactic ferment and ageing in oak continued for 15 months. After a period of tank conditioning on lees, the resulting blend was bottled on 27th March 2017.
14% alc by vol | TA: 6.9 g/L | pH: 3.28 g/L
TerraVin Te Ahu Chardonnay bottle shot