Corofin Carter Ashmore Chardonnay 2016
$55.00 inc. GST
94/100 – Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
18.5+/20 – Raymond Chan
“This is fabulous. Really refined and mineral with lovely balance between the fresh citrus notes and the riper pear and apple characters. Good acidity, integrated well, with very subtle mealy notes and a touch of biscuit on the finish. Has great freshness and focus, with good concentration and presence.” – Jamie Goode
“The nose is very fresh and tight, quite elegant in proportion showing citrus fruit and minerals, entwined with white florals and mineral nuances, unfolding barrel-ferment and nutty oak complexities. The palate is fresh and tightly bound, showing white peach and citrus fruit with lovely depth and intensity, along with an aromatic floral lift. The mouthfeel has excellent vitality with beautifully fine, lacy acidity lending the palate great poise and refined textures, with a sustained finish.” – Raymond Chan
Tasting Note: The Carter Ashmore Vineyard in Marlborough’s Fairhall sub-region is situated on an ancient riverbed and the soils are a mixture of layered silt and alluvial gravels deposited over the eons. This site is farmed organically and is planted to the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay. The ’16 opens with citrus, sherbet and white floral aromas leading to a crisp, juicy, apple and lime noted palate with great tension and a clean and precise, almost salty close with hints of musk and lemon curd. Tightly wound now (amazing to think it’s had 100% malo), this will give more and more with time in bottle.
Winemaking Note: Whole bunch pressed slowly over six hours; no additions were made during or post pressing; transferred with a high percentage of solids to one 500 litre oak puncheon and two seasoned French oak barriques for fermentation; natural, eight week fermentation with full malo; remained on original lees in barrel, without stirring or sulphur, until late March 2017; brought together in stainless steel before bottling without fining and filtration.
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand