Wairau River Estate Chardonnay
Our Estate Chardonnay is made in a fruit forward style made for immediate drinking, showcasing the estate grown fruit. Some barrel aging adds to the complexity of the wine, but it is the fruit that is the hero here, showing the typical citrus and stone fruit flavours of chardonnay balanced by fine acidity and roasted nut and pastry. Roast chicken loves this wine!LEARN MORE
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Picking began earlier than normal in the middle of March and concluded in the first week of April. Increased attention to detail from the viticulture team ensured that the grapes achieved optimal acid balance and sugar ripeness, as well as physiological ripeness. This has resulted in clean elegant wines, that show great concentration and poise from a challenging vintage.
Flowering commenced in the first week of December. During this period the region experienced higher than average rainfall limiting the potential yields. January and February were some of the warmest months on record culminating in one of the earliest harvests seen in the region. Picking began in the first week of March and concluded in the first week of April.