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So, here it is. Made in tiny quantities, the Greywacke Chardonnay 2010 is well worth the wait. And we have a tiny amount left, so when it's gone, that is really it for this year. A perfect, elegant and refined Chardonnay, this for me is one of New Zealand's finest and Robert Parker gave the 2009 vintage 92 points too.

The majority of the fruit was sourced from the upper Brancott Valley with the balance coming from its lower reaches. Typical of this sub-region, the wind-blown loess soils are comprised of clay-loams with varying degrees of gravel content. Both vineyards are planted with the low-yielding Mendoza clone, known for its propensity for millerandage (small and normal sized berries in the same bunch) and were trained on a two-cane VSP trellis.

100% Chardonnay

The two vineyards were hand-picked separately at high ripeness levels and whole bunch pressed using very low maceration press cycles. The resulting juice was settled and racked to French oak barriques (25% new). The juice was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation, the final phase continuing for almost 12 months. The wine received occasional lees stirring and underwent a complete malo-lactic fermentation. It was transferred out of oak after 16 months and left on yeast lees a further two months. The wine was bottled in November 2010.

The Greywacke Chardonnay 2009 is a low-intervention style laden with cashew and smoky lanolin-like aromas intermingled with lemon curd and shortbread. The palate is rich and concentrated with ripe citrus and doughy, yeast derived complexity. This is a mouth-filling, savoury wine with a tight mineral backbone and a long crisp, zingy finish.

CLOSURE:    Stelvin

ALCOHOL:    14.5% (10.9 units of alcohol)

Per Bottle 22.99


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