Our 2018 Plainsman SV Chardonnay is based on a single parcel of fruit from a block in Koropiko. Vintage 2018 was very challenging in Hawkes Bay and we were delighted to be able to harvest this block in beautiful condition. Post pressing and settling, the juice was run off to seasoned barrels for fermentation and MLF. Post MLF, the wine stayed in those barrel, on full lees, until February 2019. The wine was bottled at the start of May 2019.
|| Very pale gold in the glass at bottling, but will slowly deepen with time.
|| A melange of vanilla, cream, sweet lemon, grapefruit, hazelnut, and subtle oak.
||This is a medium weight, rich Chardonnay. It has sweet fruit, beautiful texture and length.
Already approachable, but will cellar happily into the medium term in a cool environment.
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
A stylish Chardonnay, mouth-filling and smooth. Not heavy, but with great depth of flavour, it shows maturity balancing sweet citrus and grapefruit aromas with delicate oak and nut overtones. Everything lingers neatly on the finish.
Independent Reviewer's Comments
“This subtle, creamy-textured wine was fermented and matured for 10 months in barrels, but with no use of new oak. Fresh and full-bodied, it has very good depth of ripe, peachy, slightly leesy flavours, considerable complexity, balanced acidity and lots of drink-young charm.” M Cooper
||Winestate Magazine, November 2019
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