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"Plainsman" Select Vineyards Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2020

NZ $20.90 incl GST

Not heavy, but with great depth of flavour, it shows maturity balancing sweet citrus and grapefruit aromas with delicate oak and nut overtones.

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Select Vineyards Wines, Hawkes Bay, Chardonnay and Blends


Winemakers Notes

Our 2020 Plainsman SV Chardonnay is an 80:20 blend from Apatu Farms Vineyard and our very own Middle Road Vineyard. 2020 was a stunning year in Hawkes Bay and we were delighted to be able to harvest this fruit in beautiful condition. Post pressing and settling, the juice was run off to one-year old and seasoned barrels for fermentation and MLF. Post MLF, the wine was matured in oak, on full lees, until January 2021.


Alc 13%
Acid 6.1g/L
Res sugar <1g/L
pH 3.46

Tasting Notes
Colour:  Very pale gold in the glass at bottling, but will slowly deepen with time.
Bouquet:  A melange of vanilla, cream, sweet lemon, grapefruit, hazelnut, and subtle oak.
Palate: 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.
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
A subtle, creamy-textured wine, it has very good depth of ripe, peachy, slightly leesy flavours, considerable complexity, balanced acidity and lots of drink-young charm.

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