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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. 


In The Spotlight

5 Stars and 18.5/20 points, Raymond Chan Wine Review: "Bright, even straw-yellow colour with pale green-gold hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is softlyvoluminous with layers of ripe yellow peaches and citrus fruits along with complexing mealy detail, entwined with creamy barrel-ferment, and nutty, toasty oak elements. The aromatics are very harmonious in expression and subtly build in presence in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate has good weight and depth of white and yellow stonefruit flavours intermixed with savoury, mealy notes, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements. The flavours are stylishly restrained but gently fill the mouth. The fruit forms a finely detailed and textured core with good concentration, and the wine flows positively with balancing acid freshness, leading to a sustained finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is a subtly flavoured, complex-layered Chardonnay with stonefruit, mealy, creamy and nutty flavours on a finely textured and concentrated palate. Serve with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4+ years. Clone Mendoza and 95 fruit from the Awatere Valley, from original Vavasour vines, planted 1986, hand-picked, WBP, and fully barrel- fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 18% new French oak barriques, 80% undergoing MLF"

Silver Medal and 90 Points - New World Wine Awards

Silver Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show



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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