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Gisborne Chardonnay 2020

NZ $17.10 incl GST

"Full-bodied and vibrantly fruity, with fresh, tight, peachy, citrusy flavours and lively acidity."

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Classic Wines, Gisborne, Chardonnay and Blends


Winemakers Notes
This wine is almost entirely based on Doug Bell’s vineyard in Back Ormond Road, Hexton, Gisborne. It is Clone 548 Chardonnay – a relatively new and high performing clone selected from the Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy. Vintage 2020 was strong in Gisborne, producing clean, well-ripened fruit. The block was harvested on 3rd March 2020. The settled juice went to a mixture of seasoned French and American oak for fermentation and remained for maturation in those barrels until 15th April 2021. The wine was fined and filtered prior to bottling on 1st July 2021.
Alc 12.5%
Acid 6.9g/L
Res Sugar <1 g/L
pH 3.29

Tasting Notes
Colour: As a young wine, this is pale in the glass with pale gold highlights. As the wine ages, the colour will deepen.
Bouquet: The nose is typical of Gisborne Chardonnay in an early year. It is a delightful melange of peach, nectarine and melon.
Palate: The palate is full of fresh fruit character, yet also has richness, weight and length.
Gisborne’s warm climate tends to produce chardonnays that show well in their youth. That said, with careful, cool cellaring, this wine will gain further complexity into the medium term.
Food Matches
Brilliant with fish, seafood, poultry and pork.
Suggested Wine List Description
In the absence of new oak, the varietal characters come shining through. Lush melon and grapefruit aromas dominate the bouquet. The palette is filled with an avalanche of intense, ripe tropical fruit flavours that develop with every sip.

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