Corofin Wrekin Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

$65.00 inc. GST

94/100 – Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
94/100 – Stephen Wong MW
91/100 – Rebecca Gibb MW (Vinous)

“Spicy, nettle, lighter green apple, restrained, subtle flint. Really elegant and driving with finely etched and defined fruit. There is classy oak treatment here but it is well controlled. Saline finish, nice phenolics, the mid-weight fruit is persistent and measured with excellent balance throughout. A refined and modern take on chardonnay. Drink 2024 to 2032.” – Stephen Wong MW

“Fine and expressive with a core of sweet citrus as well as pear and white peach, but always delicate and fresh with precision and focus. There’s a citrus core, but also fine nut and toast notes in the background. Such a beautiful expression of Marlborough Chardonnay, but give this a year or two.” – Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

“The 2021 Chardonnay Wrekin Vineyard has a fine-boned structure with flesh on the mid-palate coming from the clone (95) and extended time on lees. It is drawn out and precise with delicate fruit flavors, citrus and savory autolytic characters. Subtle and finely textured.” – Rebecca Gibb MW

Tasting Note: Planted in 2002, the Wrekin Vineyard is a small, organically certified (Biogro) and biodynamically farmed site at the top of the Brancott Valley, almost in its own locality. It’s an excellent site for Corofin, providing both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with “exceptional individuality and quality”, according to Paterson. Owned by Jan and Andrew Johns and farmed by Jeremy Highland, Wrekin sits in the lee of the scarps of the Southern Valley foothills on clay-rich soils laid over greywacke mother rock. Orientated northeast and planted at 4,000 vines per hectare (to moderate vigour), it’s also one of the highest vineyards in the valley, producing fruit that is often the last to be harvested each year.

Winemaking Note: Crops were minuscule in 2021, with the Wrekin Vineyard giving up meagre yields of just 25 hl/ha. Hand-harvested on the 6th of March, the winemaking mirrors the Marlborough Chardonnay, but here the wine was raised in two 500-litre seasoned French oak puncheons.

Certification: Organic

Alcohol: 13.0%

Variety: Chardonnay

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

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