Rock Ferry Blanc de Blancs 2016
$55.00 inc. GST
4.5 stars – Michael Cooper
95/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2015 vintage)
“The vivacious 2016 vintage was made from hand-harvested Chardonnay, estate-grown in The Corners Vineyard at Rapaura. Fermented initially in tanks (70 per cent) and barrels (30 per cent), it was disgorged after three and a half years of maturation on its yeast lees. Bright, light lemon/green, with a strong, fresh, citrusy bouquet, it is tightly structured, with delicate, lemony, yeasty, complex flavours that float smoothly across the palate to an appetisingly crisp, unusually dry (4.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Certified organic.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: Aromas of brioche, sweet pastry, and toasted citrus on the nose. A great balance between the rich autolyse character with the delicate fruit notes. This is mirrored by the creamy palate and refreshing acidity that creates tension and poise in the wine.
Winemaking Notes: Clone 15 Chardonnay from the Corners Vineyard was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. The free run juice was transferred to 70% stainless steel and 30% seasoned oak barrels for fermentation without settling. After fermentation, the wine was left on full lees and underwent indigenous MLF in spring. The wine was then tirage bottled and matured for 3.5 years prior to disgorging.
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand