This wine is blended from three different clones of Chardonnay (Mendoza, Cl95, and UCD15) grown on the Te Awa Estate vineyard in Hawke’s Bay. With the Estate straddling the edge of the Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions, there is a diverse range of soil types within the Te Awa vineyard. The Chardonnay is grown predominantly on the silty Bridge Pa soils, the rest being grown on the more stony Gimblett Gravels side of the vineyard. This diverse soil profile combined with the three different clones produces a Chardonnay that is both layered and complex, with varying degrees of ripeness and fruit flavour contributing to the final blend.
- Te Awa Vineyard, Hawkes Bay
- Clonal Selection:
- Mendoza, C195, UCD15
- Vintage Detail:
- An excellent Hawkes Bay vintage. Dry settled conditions allowed for steady sugar and flavour accumulation with optimally clean and ripe fruit at harvest. Selective hand picking was employed to maximise quality.
- Oak Use:
- French oak Hogsheads, 40% new