Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Peter Robertson

Over the past 2 decades - I have had the pleasure of visiting Brookfields Vineyards and sampling the dynamic wines crafted by Peter. All of the grapes for this ‘Bergman’ Chardonnay are estate grown - harvested from the vineyard right in front of the winery - where you can even play a friendly game of Petanque on the pitch laid alongside some of the vines.
The ‘Bergman’ Chardonnay takes its name from the hundred or so ‘Ingrid Bergman’ named roses growing adjacent to the winery and a popular spot for wedding photos.With only a very short distance to travel to the winery - the harvested grapes were pressed, and the juice immediately chilled.

 

Following settling and inoculation with a selected yeast strain, the juice was racked into predominantly French oak, with the balance American for fermentation and subsequent aging on its lees. A small portion of the juice underwent malolactic fermentation - with the total time in oak being eight months.
As you pour the wine - a golden straw colour fills your glass. Even though this ‘Bergman’ Chardonnay was barrel fermented, it is still a fruit driven wine. Due to barrel stirring and partial malolactic fermentation, the 2011 ‘Bergman’ Chardonnay has palate weight and complexity, which is dominated by peach and melon characters - balanced by subtle oak notes. As the wine develops in the glass - you start to enjoy hints of butterscotch on the mid palate - enhancing the wines lingering finish. Chill and serve at 8-9°C.

A flavoursome, food friendly Chardonnay.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 2-3 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with roast chicken, BBQ’d pork and ham steaks, plus several light pasta dishes, enjoy.