Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Waipara Valley, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Simon McGeorge

Simon and his team have crafted this limited edition ‘Equinox’ range of wines to capture the special terroir of the region - and were named after the Equinox winds that blow hot and dry across the plains where they have planted their vines.
The Chardonnay grapes for this wine were handpicked from their ‘Home Block’ vineyard which was whole bunch pressed and cold settled before the slightly cloudy juice was transferred to barrels for fermentation.

 

After 3 weeks the barrels were topped-up and regularly stirred until temperatures increased to initiate malolactic fermentation. The wine spent time in 100% French oak barrels; with 30% being new. After approximately 50% of the wine had gone through malolactic fermentation in barrel; the wine was cooled, then it underwent 5 months maturation before bottling.
In the glass you have a bright straw, gold colour. On the nose the wine is rich and beautifully integrated with fresh bread, stone fruit and dried spice aromas. These flavours coat the mouth from the first sip while the acidity keeps the wine fresh and bright. The stone fruit and citrus characters burst onto the palate, accentuated by balanced fruit, oak, buttery notes, nutmeg and cinnamon oak flavours. The wine has a wonderful concentration, integration and freshness giving the wine great poise - balance and a lingering finish. Chill slightly and serve at 8-10ºC.

A wine with wonderful concentration.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well coming summer season; and will age for another 4-5 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with roast chicken, turkey, cured ham and pork, or with mature, creamy cheeses, enjoy.