Only 150 cases made. 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.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 wine is then carefully racked and bottled without fining or filtration. The additional six months in neutral oak on light sediments increases the depth of the mouth feel found in the mid...
Bob Campbell MW 92 points. "Soft, fruit-focused chardonnay with pear, apple, nutty lees and very subtle chalky mineral flavours. An appealing wine with lovely purity. A low key chardonnay in a delicately tangy style." 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. wine...
Complex flavours of cashew nut, preserved lemon and nectarine. The, subtle grapefruit and white floral notes reveal themselves. Layered with a bold complexity of ripe fruit flavour and spicy, smoky oak characters. The combined texture of fruit density and lees work provides a focal point that is balanced by fresh and firm acidity. Tim Heath - Senior Winemaker: 'The 2014 Chardonnay shows a sense of refinement in its balance...this is a function of earlier picking and a restrained use of new oak… '
Selected for Singapore Airlines First Class. "96 Points. Ripe, stylish and quite complex with grapefruit, white peach, nectarine, bran biscuit and subtle mineral and oyster shell flavours. An elegant and appealing wine with an ethereal texture and lengthy finish. Delicious now but might even get a little bitter with a few years’ bottle age." - Bob Campbell MW, bobcampbell.co.nz, December 2018. James Suckling 95 points. "This is beautifully curated complexity, applied to very bright, powerful and concentrated chardonnay fruit. White peaches and grilled hazelnuts lead to a palate with a subtly creamy array of grilled-peach and...
91/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski "Classic notes of toasted hazelnuts and white peach mark the nose of the 2015 Chardonnay. It's medium-bodied, with a plump, succulent mouthfeel and a silky texture that supports flavors of white peach, pineapple and citrus. The finish does a slow, elegant fade, adding to this wine's considerable appeal. Drink 2018-2022"
WA 94 The 2015 Kupe Chardonnay is more tightly knit than the regular bottling, with at least a couple more years of aging potential. Toasted hazelnuts provide an elegant counterbalance to the grapefruity aromas and flavors, while minor notes of grilled white peach, pineapple and baking spices bring complexity, particularly on the long, crisp finish. It's nice to see Larry McKenna's white wines reaching similar heights as his Pinot Noirs. JC Mar 2018.
Bob Campbell MW 96 points. WINERY NOTES: Initially toasty with wild herb, cream and buttery undertones. Ripe stone fruit flavours adds to the complexity. Full-bodied with a chalky phenolic finish. Finer citrus notes provide energy and flow to the lingering palate. REVIEWS & ACCOLADES 95 Points - Bob Campbell (Master of Wine) Quite a ripe, fleshy chardonnay with peach, stone fruit, wet stone, mineral, roasted nut and bran biscuit flavours. A smooth-textured wine with plenty of power and a lingering finish. Can be appreciated now but has development potential. 96 Points - Cameron Douglas (Master Sommelier) Complex, familiar and enticing...
Buy 6 or more and pay 42 sgd per bottle. REVIEWS & ACCOLADES 94 Points - Bob Campbell Stylish, well-made organic chardonnay with hazelnut, sizzled butter, white peach, ginger and spicy oak flavours. A seamless wine with a lengthy finish displaying an array of subtle and appealing flavours. Delicious now but no rush. 5 Stars - Michael Cooper (Winestate Magazine) This richly fragrant, weighty wine was barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts. Bright yellow/green, it is powerful, deep and complex, with lush, vibrant, peachy, gently toasty flavours, balanced acidity, and a long, very harmonious finish. Best drinking 2021+ 94 Points - Cameron...
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