5 stars – NZ Organic Wine Awards
4.5 stars – Michael Cooper
95/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
“The very lively 2015 vintage was made from Chardonnay, estate-grown in The Corners Vineyard at Rapaura, in Marlborough. Hand-picked and fermented in a mix of old oak (30 per cent) and stainless steel (70 per cent) barrels, it was disgorged after two years on its yeast lees. Bright, light lemon/green, with a fragrant, citrusy bouquet, it is vigorous, with strong, grapefruit-like flavours, gently yeast notes adding complexity, and a crisp, unusually dry (4 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Certified organic.” – Michael Cooper
“It’s wonderfully complex and seductively expressed on the nose showing white flesh nectarine, rockmelon, lemon peel and brioche characters. The palate offers terrific concentration and depth, superbly enhanced by creamy texture and bright acidity, leading to a lengthy expansive finish. Stylish and immensely appealing. At its best: now to 2024. Certified organic.” – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Tasting Note: Aromas of brioche. sweet pastry, and toasted
citrus on the nose. A great balance between the rich autolyse character with the delicate fruit notes. This is mirrored by the creamy palate and refreshing acidity that creates tension and poise in the wine.
Winemaking Notes: Clone 15 Chardonnay from the Corners Vineyard was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. The free run juice was transferred to 70 % stainless steel and 30 % seasoned oak barrels for fermentation without settling.After a short warm fermentation the wine was left on full lees and underwent indigenous MLF in spring. The wine was then tirage bottled and matured for 2 years prior to disgorging.
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
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