SOLD OUT !!! A potpourri of flavours is the most fitting description for this year’s Chardonnay. Citrus and apple, as well as tropical flavours like banana and pineapple are the dominant primary flavours. Vanilla, notes of chocolate and roasted coffee cut through the crisp fruit flavours adding complexity to this youthful wine.
Crisp clean fruit from the Anchorage Family Estate's Flett Road vineyard was picked at the perfect time with the onset of opulent over-ripeness in some random bunches.
Gently processed and fermented in tank to retain as much primary fruit as possible. A combination of French oak and clean stainless steel matured wine has built the foundation of our 2014 Chardonnay.
2014 vintage started with a phenomenal growing season that saw the right amount of sunlight and perfectly timed rain with lovely temperatures, right up until the time of ripening. The great weather allowed us to start picking 10 days ahead of previous vintage.
Then came cold rain, which lead to six days without any harvesting. The slightly cooler temperatures had resulted in keeping the grapes clean from disease but had resulted in lower sugar levels, keeping the alcohol levels in check.
With more heavy rain forecasted the normally consistent pace of picking rapidly changed to beat the rain and finish this exciting season just before Easter.
In the Spotlight
Raymondchan Wine Review - Nov 2014
Fruit from the "Flett Road" vineyard, stainless steel fermented to 12.7% alc and 3.2g/L RS, the wine aged in Fench oak and tank. straw-yellow color with slight golden hues. This has a light, uncomplicated nose of yellow stonefruits with nuances of apricots, honeysuckle and citrus fruits. Dry to taste and light-bodied, light flavours of stonefruits, savory citrus fruit and apricot kernels are enlivened by racy and slippery acidity. This is straightforward and modest in depth. The mouthfeel is brisk and carried by the acid to a lightly textured, dry finish. This is a light, simple, racy Chardonnay with stonefruit flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 2 years. 519 cases made.
|Harvest Date||18 March 2014|
|Bottling Date||5 September 2014|
|RS (Residual Sugar)||3.2g/L|
|TA (Total acidity)||7.6g/L|
Anchorage Family Estate Chardonnay 2014
- Producer: Anchorage Family Estate
- Region: Nelson, New Zealand
- Availability: Pre-Order