Block 19 Chardonnay

2014 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
Hawke's Bay

Block 19 Chardonnay

2014 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard , Hawke's Bay

The Block 19 Chardonnay is a small parcel of vines within our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard that excelled in 2014. This elegant Chardonnay is finely flavoured, complex and long.

The Block 19 Chardonnay is a small parcel of vines within our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard that excelled in 2014. This elegant Chardonnay is finely flavoured, complex and long.

Finely balanced and seductively aromatic

Finely balanced and seductively aromatic

This limited edition wine has been selected by the winemaker for its unique qualities that express the nuances of the variety and its provenance.

About

5 Stars, 18.5 Points

"This is an elegant and refined Chardonnay with citrus and white stone fruit flavours, barrel-ferment richness and fresh balance."

Raymond Chan - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

September 2015

Outstanding

"Shy on the nose at first with hints of orange/mandarin, stonefruit and toastiness. This one really blossomed with time, building and building in the glass as the white peach, stonefruit and subtle toastiness grew. Delicacy, poise and nuance here rather than sheer heft. Fabulous."

Mark Henderson - Otago Daily Times

October 2015

5 Stars

"A full-bodied, finely textured wine, powerful yet subtle, with ripe stone-fruit flavours, a hint of toasty oak, and lovely mouthfeel, delicacy and depth."

Michael Cooper

December 2015

2014

Youthful pale lemon straw colour. Restrained aromatically with notes of lemon blossom, ripe stone fruits, cashew and ground almonds. Very focussed on the palate with crystalline fruit purity layered with a grainy textural feel finishing long with a final dry sensation of river stones.

Roasted poultry

Up to 10 years from vintage

Warm and early, excellent.

23.6 average

46 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 40% new barrel

GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

Hawke's Bay

39° 35' 57.2"S

176° 44' 5.6"E

In 1876, great floods swept through Hawke's Bay. When they subsided, the Ngaruroro River had changed its course and a vista of gravel was left behind in a warm, sun-filled valley, greened lightly with spring rain. On the right bank of this old river is a collection of different soil mixes, stone and mineral rich, ideal for growing Syrah, Bordeaux-style reds and Chardonnay.