'Big & Buttery' SV Gisborne Chardonnay 2017
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NZ $23.75

'Big & Buttery' SV Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

A blast from the past?
Winemakers Notes

In 2017 we used Delwyn and Doug Bell’s Clone 548 Chardonnay to craft the Big and Buttery. This is a dry-grown block in their vineyard on Back Ormond Road, just out of the city of Gisborne. The wine was fermented in American oak barrels (just over one third new). Once the primary fermentation was finished, all of the barrels then went through a secondary malolactic fermentation. This imbues the wine with buttery notes. The wine went into barrel on 21st March 2017 and came out of barrel on 16th January 2018 – so 11 months in oak.

Alc 13.5%
Acid 6.8g/L
Res sugar 2.5g/L
pH 3.44

Tasting Notes
Colour: Pale gold in the glass at bottling, but will slowly deepen with time.
Bouquet: Stonefruit and melon backed by vanillary oak and a buttered pop-corn character from the MLF.
Palate: Big, rich and weighty, yet with elegance and finesse.

Already approachable, but will cellar happily into the medium term in a cool environment.
Food Matches
The oak ageing makes this wine an excellent match with full flavoured rich dishes, in particular poultry, pork, salmon and crayfish.
Suggested Wine List Description
Cellar door (& on-line) only, won't be on any wine lists!

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