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Complex and elegant,this 2016 Chardonnay delivers a dynamic bouquet of apricot, nectarine, baked bread a touch of cashew nuttiness. The palate is full and round with stone fruit characters, layers of rich minerality and a saline acidity.


Winemaking

The Awatere Valley is a sub-appellation within Marlborough. It has deep Greywacke soils compacted over millions of years by ancient glaciers. Huge boulders, carried down the Awatere River, are strewn across the valley floor. River shingles, gravels and silts help bind these large rocks. The vineyards are partially protected from the prevailing north-westerly winds by a broad range of mountain peaks. Awatere valley wines are particularly prized for their intense aromatics, ripe flavours, dynamic textures and concentration.

The fruit for our 2016 Chardonnay is composed of estate fruit from our Home Vineyard in the Awatere Valley.After handpicking, the fruit was whole bunch pressed and wild fermented in French oak barriques (18% new). Vavasour Chardonnay is made from a mix of Clone 95 (for elegance) and Mendoza (for richness). The wine was aged in oak for nine months with weekly lees stirring to enhance the texture and flavour.

All Vavasour wines are 100% varietal and true, honest expressions of their Awatere Valley terroir. 



Varietal
Varietal 100% Chardonnay
Vintage
Vintage Year 2016
Winemaker
Winemaker Stu Marfell
Volume
Volume 750ml
Technical Details
Fermentation 9 months in French oak, 18% new
Alcohol % 14.0%
TA (Total acidity) 5.7g/L
pH value 3.34

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Vavasour Chardonnay 2016

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