Chardonnay

2016 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
Hawke's Bay

Chardonnay

2016 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard , Hawke's Bay

Made from multiple parcels of Chardonnay clones planted on the stony soils within the Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, each parcel contributes a unique character to the wine.

Made from multiple parcels of Chardonnay clones planted on the stony soils within the Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, each parcel contributes a unique character to the wine.

Full flavoured and softly textured

Full flavoured and softly textured

The Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay is made using very traditional winemaking techniques involving wild yeasts and the use of French oak barriques. The resulting wine is always finely flavoured and softly textured with a linear elegance that allows the wine to retain its freshness.

About

95 Points

"Ripe core of baked stone fruits and grapefruit aromas; soft floral and vanilla wood scents, some baked goods with a crème-patisserie suggestion; dry stone and sandy soil layer. Bold and expressive textures with spice, acidity and wood tones all strong; dry on the finish with echoes of all the flavours describes."

Cameron Douglas, MS

October 2016

93 Points

"This wine drinks well. It’s got richness of flavour but good thrust of acidity. In the bouquet, light caramel, new chalk scents, honey on apple, sniff of citrus. It’s generous to taste, floods the palate with soft nougat oak and limey acidity. It feels luxurious. It’s going to need a decant or time to unwind in the glass too. Good wine."

Mike Bennie - Wine Front

May 2016

90 Points

"Medium-bodied, silken textured and with just enough freshness, it delivers a great intensity of stone fruit flavors, finishing long and savory."

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW (robertparker.com)

January 2017

2016

Pale lemon straw. Lifted nose of toasted nuts, peach, citrus blossom and subtlety of oak in the background. A lovely feel of tension through the palate with ripe stone and citrus fruits
long lasting with a dry textural finish. A classic Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay.

Poultry dishes

1 to 7 years from vintage

El Niño. Cool and wet start with a warm finish to the summer.

22.6 average

57 hl/ha average

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 28% new barrel

2015

Pale lemon straw. Bright nose of ripe apple, peach, freshly cracked river stones and the finest of oak. Wonderful concentration of rich stone fruits with citrus like acidity and good phenolic tension to carry the wine long towards the dry finish.

Poultry dishes

1-7 years from vintage

Warm and early, excellent.

22.1 average

58 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 28% new barrel

2014

Youthful pale straw. Beautiful aromatics of ripe stonefruits meld with a floral blossom lift and roasted nuts for a very classical nose. Fleshy on the palate but with lovely integration of ripe fruit flavours, fine acidity and complex yeast derived textural notes. The finish is long and dry.

Seafood and poultry

1-7 years from vintage

Warm and dry, excellent.

22.9 average

43 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 28% new barrel

2013

Youthful pale straw. Lovely aromatics of white flowers, peach, biscuit and flint. Integrated fresh flavours of stone fruits, lemon zest and roasted nuts create a generous and complex feel across the palate which is elegant and long on the finish.

Seafood and poultry

1-7 years from vintage

Warm and dry, excellent.

22.9 average

43 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 28% new barrel

2012

Pale straw with youthful green hues. Fresh and intense aromas of flint, poached peaches and honeysuckle. Sweet fruit and subtle oak tannin fills the palate with the seasonal fresh acidity providing great length and elegance.

Rich seafood

1-5 years from vintage

Cool and wet, late ripening.

22.4 average

45 hl/ha

100%

80%

French oak puncheons

Inoculated

French oak puncheons and barriques, 28% new barrel

2011

Pale straw with youthful green hues. Complex aromas of white florals, hazelnut, white peach and nectarine. Fresh, well balanced acidity brings life to a palate full of rich yet subtle flavours of stonefruits, roasted nuts and cream

Rich shellfish

1-5 years from vintage

Warm, La Niña Summer

22.3 average

42 hl/ha

100%

French oak puncheons and barriques

Inoculated

French oak puncheons and barriques, 28% new barrel

80%

2010

Pale straw with youthful green hues. Complex aromas of white florals, hazelnut, white peach and nectarine. Fresh, Pale straw in colour streaked with youthful green hues. Peach and nectarine combined with lifted florals of jasmine and acacia indicate the quality of this vintage. Our trend to a tighter expression is balanced by the richness of fruit and the nutty, creamy complexity provided by oak and lees aging.

Rich shellfish

1-5 years from vintage

Cold, wet start followed by dry but cooler conditions

23.4 average

36 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 24% new barrel

2009

Sunny and warm, outstanding

23.1 average

36 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 23% new barrel

Pale straw with youthful green hues. Complex aromas of white florals, hazelnut, white peach and nectarine. Fresh, Very pale straw colour streaked with youthful green hues. A combination of lemon, nectarine, acacia flowers and flint provides a subtle yet complex aroma. Our tightest Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay yet. Medium weight, steely acidity and fresh fruit flavours. It has great persistence which releases waves of high floral note complexity on the finish.

Scallops, rich and creamy seafood dishes

5 years from vintage

2008

A pale straw colour with youthful green hues. Aromatically, characters of peach and citrus blossom are integrated with oak derived notes of hazelnut and vanilla. The rich yet taut palate unleashes waves of flavour and is given structure via citrus acidity. Great persistence completes this seamless Chardonnay.

Rich shellfish dishes

5 years from vintage

Warm and dry, excellent

23.8 average

45 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 42% new barrel

2007

Straw colour streaked with green hues. Ripe peach, mandarin and citrus blossom meld beautifully with notes of hazelnut and cream. The powerful fruit flavours flow through the mouth, and the palate is rich yet matched by fresh acidity providing a taut structure and long, mineral-infused finish.

Rich seafood dishes

5 years from vintage

Classic, exceptional

23.6 average

52 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 48% new barrel

2006

Pale straw colour streaked with green hues. The nose is alive with notes of white peach, flint and hazelnut. A fine waft of toast underlines the nose. These fruit characters plus a creamy winemaking component meld seamlessly on the palate with excellent body and length, yet is balanced by crisp acids, leaving a succulent mouth feel.

White meat dishes

5-7 years from vintage

Warm summer, classic autumn.

24.1 average

48 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 44% new barrel

2005

Mid straw colour streaked with youthful green hues. Aromas of white peach, citrus blossom and almond combine with notes of flint and the subtle hint of vanilla. The palate is rich yet reined in by taut acids. The final impression is one of restrained power, to be unlocked by time in the bottle.

Rich seafood dishes

5-7 years from vintage

Warm, early and soft vintage

23.1 average

64 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 44% new barrel

2004

The colour has a youthful glow of pale straw. There is an exuberance of peach and fig aroma on the nose, supported by hazelnut and bran notes. Mouthfilling, yet the wine has a tight, focused texture. Bright acids leave an almost bony feel overlaid with seductive stonefruit and nutty flavours and a persistent note of spicy fennel on the finish.

Pork and fish

2-4 years from vintage

23 average

69 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak barriques

Indigenous

French oak barriques, 60% 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.