Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Roger Parkinson

You mention the word Chardonnay to a group of wine friends and wow you get an animated conversation and thoughts on which is best with which cuisine. The options available to wine enthusiast across the globe are exciting - and the options open to Martinborough winemakers are nearly as wide. You have heard that crafting quality wine starts in the vineyard, Roger and his dedicated team make daily important decisions amongst their vines.

 

As they work in the specific vineyard sites that influence the resulting wine in the bottle, Roger prides himself on doing the small things well at all stages when crafting his wines. They work in Martinborough vineyards that Roger either owns or has complete viticultural control - and during a most exciting of vintages, he has shaped a concentrated Chardonnay with ripe summer flavours. This 2013 Chardonnay was again sourced from three vineyard sites that include; 56% from the 'Top Block', 12% from the 'Teagle Block' and 32% coming from their 'Home Block' vineyard.
After careful harvesting and pressing - the juice underwent 100% barrel fermentation in tight-grained French oak barriques (with 20% being new oak). Then 20% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation adding another dynamic to the palate. All of the oak barrels were lee-stirred monthly, with the wine spending a total of 10 months developing and maturing in oak before blending and bottling.
In the glass this wine has a pale, green gold colour. On the nose you have a vibrant and inviting Martinborough Chardonnay expressing lifted, ripe stone-fruit notes. The palate is full and rich and complimented nicely by subtle French oak characters. The malolactic fermentation and time in barrel has developed complex layers which have integrated well, giving the wine a broad and lingering finish. 13.5% alcohol, if opened in the next 3-6 months, cool decant for 15 minutes and serve in a wide shaped glass at 10º-12ºC.

A classic Martinborough Chardonnay.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will age well for another 3-4 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with lamb cutlets, pork, roast chicken & vegetables, white meat pasta dishes and creamy-soft cheeses, enjoy.