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Complex and elegant, the 2015 Chardonnay delivers lovely citrus, nectarine and apricot notes balanced by toasty French oak. The palate is rich and expressive with the stony minerality found in all of Vavasour's
The fruit for the 2015 Chardonnay is composed of estate fruit from Vavasour's Home Vineyard, as well as a premiere grower vineyard in the Awatere Valley. After handpicking, the fruit was whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barriques (30% new) using indigenous yeast. Vavasour Chardonnay is made from a mix of Clone 95 (for elegance) and Mendoza (for richness). The wine was aged in oak for eleven months with weekly lees stirring to enhance the texture and flavour.
SAM KIM WINE ORBIT: 5 Stars & 93 Points This is elegant and powerful at the same time. The delicately fragrant bouquet shows white nectarine, rock melon, lemon pith and oatmeal characters with hints of cedar and vanilla. It is richly fruited and generously weighted on the palate, and delivers excellent fruit intensity backed by brilliantly pitched acidity providing freshness and structure. Very stylish. At its best: now to 2020.
WINESTATE MAGAZINE - 4 Stars Rich, generous, toasty, mealy wine with a freshly scented bouquet and plenty of oak in evidence. Already very open and expressive.
AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS - SILVER
A smooth, rich wine. On the palate are lovely dark berries and vanilla tied together with finely balanced tannins. Can be cellared for 3 years.Alcohol: 13.2% Read More
You are greeted by youthful, fresh, ripe berry fruit aromas with notes of vanilla oak as the intense red coloured wine flows from the bottle. Full bodied dense ripe berry flavours with notes of vanillian oak but yet long and smooth. Best served with a red wine casserole or a juicy steak with red onion jam. Can be enjoyed now but would also reap benefits of further cellaring.Grapes: ShirazRegion: Coonawarra / PadthawayLocation: AustraliaAlcohol Content: 14.5%Awards: Double Gold - Finger Lake International Wine Competition 2015Gold - CWSA 2015Gold - International Wine Contest Bucharest 201589 points - James Halliday 2015 Approachable, easy... Read More
We've secured the remaining library stock of this prestigious Reserve Pinot Gris from Matakana Estate. Until now this lovely oaked Pinot Gris has only been available in select export markets and at Auckland Airport Duty Free stores for $42.50 per bottle. The Matakana region is proving to have great potential to produce quality Pinot Gris wines, and Matakana Estate's aim is to nurture the natural earthy stone-fruit character of this grape—along with the influence of our Matakana vineyard’s terroir. Pinot Gris has elegant fruit characters but the flavours are subtle. This ‘vigorous’ variety needs to be pruned heavily to reduce the yield per... Read More