winemaker’s comments: Closeburn is our un-oaked Chardonnay. The fruit is grown throughout the Central Otago region and exhibits the regions natural elegant fruit flavours and mineral complexity. The wine is fermented in tank to retain its bright fruit. It is then left to rest on its yeast lees to gain some doughy complexity and softness. This is a refreshing full-bodied wine, unencumbered by oak and superb with food. Juicy nectarine and pear fruits, with apple blossom floral tones giving a nice lift to the attractive bouquet. The palate displays wonderful purity of tree fruit flavour. There is a nice flow to the structure and length,...
Located in Marlborough, New Zealand's premium wine growing region, Dog Point Vineyards produce wines that respect the natural integrity of the land from which they are made and, reflect the experience and passion of the people that make them. Intense sort of Chardonnay here, kind of like sticking your head out of a car window while driving at 110 km/h, which I’m sure is also the sort of thing that a dog would love too. Plenty of struck match, pink grapefruit, oatmeal and bran, BBQ chicken, guava and spice. And more, but that’ll do for now. Tight and tangy, but also bold and packed with flavour, biscuit oak, a mix of ripe lime...
Bob Campbell MW 95 points James Suckling 94 points. Concentrated chardonnay with peach, lime blossom, oyster shell, and nutty oak flavours. Well structured wine with good cellaring potential. From a low-yielding (down by 65%) vintage and non-irrigated vines. Drink by 2022–2032. #DRYRIVER
Winemaker's Notes We hand-picked our Chardonnay blocks and processed them without the use of additives. Each block was fermented separately in French oak barriques without intervention allowing for a natural, primary, and malo-lactic fermentation through to completion. Barrel aged for 10 months before estate bottling without fining. Technical Notes Vintage 2021 Varietal Chardonnay Appellation Waipara Valley North Canterbury Alcohol 14 pH 3.1 Aging Aged for 10 months in Burgundy Oak Barriques - 31 % New Fermentation Wild yeast
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 2019 Vintage Tasted: Jun 2021. Bright, medium yellow, slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and elegant, well-proportioned aromas of warm-butter, salted almonds interweave stonefruit citrus, flinty minerals and delicate spices. Medium-full bodied, the palate is smooth and full, well-packed with nuances of stonefruit, preserved lemon, lemon zest intermix toasted almonds, warm spices and lemon curd. Brilliant acidity flows with great energy, carries lemon zest and fine-textured phenolic to linearity. The mouthfeel is full and textural; chalky thread harmonised the acid tension. This is an elegant,...
Winemaker's Notes We hand picked our steepest block of Mendoza Chardonnay before a gentle whole-bunch pressing to tank without additions. We allowed the juice to settle overnight before we racked to French oak barrels for wild fermentation and full malolactic fermentation. The extended nature of fermentation brings not only richness to the wine but also layers and subtle complexity. Barrel ageing lasted 16 months before the wine was estate bottled without fining. Only 1461 bottles made.
WINERY NOTE: Chardonnay is a variety that allows you more freedom to make wines in a style that you like more than any other. Ours you will get a more delicate subtle version, moreish and complex. Grapes from our Morrison Vineyard were whole bunch pressed directly to barrel, fermented naturally using the vineyard yeasts, all in older French oak. A wine with delicate fruit flavours, some savoury complexity, nuttiness & vanilla, with a soft palate of pith like mineral texture, all underpinned by fine acidity. Matured for just under a year on lees prior to hand bottling without filtration. Certified organic, Morrison vineyard, Pisa.
Lands Mid April They make very good chardonnay over at Neudorf. Reliably good. Floral, perfumed, cashew, mango and stone fruit, spice tucked in. It delivers flavour smoothly, has gloss and glide, but keeps itself nice and tight with some bright citrus acidity and flavour, and flinty highlights. Finish is long and harmonious. It’s a great thing to drink. 94/100. Gary Walsh winefront.com.au Stylish chardonnay with peach, grapefruit, hazelnut, spicy oak and brioche flavours supported by gentle, fruity acidity. A weighty wine with a pleasingly silken texture. 17 JUN 2019 Drink 2019–2023 93 points Bob Campbell MW therealreview.com
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