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The additional six months in neutral oak on light sediments increases the depth of the mouth feel found in the mid palate. This added texture, coupled with the fruit and restrained acidity, ultimately leads to a long seamless finish. A very well balanced wine - a great accompaniment to fresh food with clean ingredients.
After a whole-bunch press, the juice goes to barrel with a high amount of “solids” content. All lots are fermented by indigenous yeast. Malo-lactic fermentation occurs naturally during the following spring. The ‘EBM’ (extended barrel maturation) programme at Carrick is a small selection of barrels (12% new) which is blended after 12 months and returned to older “neutral flavour” barrels for an extended period of 6 months. The wine is then carefully racked and bottled without fining or filtration.
"Mendoza and clone 6 chardonnay from a premium vineyard site with extended barrel maturation (EBM) of 18 months. The wine is richer, weightier, oakier and more complex than the regular label with bran biscuit, brioche and toasty characters adding complexity to stone fruit and citrus fruit flavours. Quite a mouthful. Drink 2017 to 2022."
Bob Campbell MW, April 2017 5 Stars & 95 Points
Just a few steps from the Pacific Ocean, this Chardonnay comes from the Casablanca Valley, a most priviledged origin for growing cool-climate varieties. Bright yellow with golden hues, this wine is recognized for its strong citrus aromas that accompany a superb mineral, oaky character. In mouth, it’s fruity, mineral and fresh. Overall, an elegant, refreshing and well-balanced Chardonnay. Alcohol: 13.7% Read More
A lovely hand-crafted Chardonnay from one of New Zealand’s top Chardonnay growing regions, Gisborne on the east Cape of the North Island. Big, buttery, and oaky, the way Chardonnay used to be. Wine: Hihi Chardonnay 2016Grape: ChardonnayRegion: Gisborne, NZ Hihi Wines is a small boutique winery based in Ormond, Gisborne. The label was launched in 2005 with 200 cases sold in the first year. It has grown rapidly with 2,000 cases sold in 2012. Sixty award winning wines have been produced. Hihi means "Rays of the Sun" with all grapes sourced from sunny Gisborne, the first city in the world to... Read More
Apple characters on the nose with a touch of oak. A soft and textured palate, yet vibrant and fresh. Clean notes of apple and citrus with a toasty complexity. Can be consumed now but will improve with some ageing.Alcohol: 12.5% Read More
A full-flavoured wine that displays aromas of tropical fruit, white peach, citrus and light vanilla. Round on the palate with a beautiful balance of oak and fruity flavours. Harvested at night in order to preserve all the aromas of the mature grapes. Plots are selected at the harvest with each plot is separately vinified. Fermentation on wood in order to enhance the Chardonnay aromas. Alcohol: 14%Closure: Cork Read More