Gisborne Chardonnay 2015

Gisborne Chardonnay 2015

Gisborne Chardonnay 2015

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Tasting notes

A bright, clear pale gold in the glass, this Gisborne Chardonnay displays a vibrant fruit-driven nose of melon and stonefruit, complimented with subtle creamy butterscotch and nutty aromas. The palate is round and luscious, balanced with notes of ripe citrus, tropical fruits, fresh fruit acidity and a touch of spicy French oak. Full bodied and elegantly textured, this wine leads seamlessly to a smooth and lingering finish.

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Winemaking

A range of modern winemaking techniques were used in in the crafting of this wine to highlight the pure Gisborne fruit; as well as building complexity on the palate through the subtle use of oak, lees stirring, and malolactic fermentation. Picked at optimum ripeness, premium parcels of fruit were transported to the winery where they were gently pressed using modern membrane presses. After pressing the resulting juice was moved into both French oak barriques and stainless steel tanks for fermentation with purposely
selected yeasts. After the primary yeast fermentation was complete the wine underwent full secondary malolactic fermentation on yeast lees – allowing richness and weight to develop. After a short period of lees stirring, the wine was left to settle before being fined and filtered, then bottled early to retain fruit freshness and balance.

Viticulture

Tohu Wines have a long association with the Gisborne area, renowned to be one of New Zealand’s premium Chardonnay producing regions. Protected by mountain ranges to both the North and North West of the region, Gisborne’s climate is characterised by warm, dry conditions that are naturally moderated by cool sea breezes – acting to preserve natural acidity and ripe tropical fruit flavours within the grapes. Hailed as the 3rd successive outstanding vintage in a row, the 2014/2015 Gisborne growing season
was characterised by a warm, hot and dry summer. A tropical cycle that arrived in early March was a cause for concern, but after the rains had past the remainder of the harvest period was very settled. Chardonnay stood out as the star varietal of the season, with the harvest delivering good, clean bunches with strongly concentrated flavours.

Analysis

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol: 13.5%

pH: 4.3

T/A: 4.3 g/L

R.S: 1.6 g/L