Valli Waitaki Chardonnay 2020
$85.00 inc. GST
20.0/20 – Raymond Chan (2015 vintage)
Tasting Notes: “The 2020 harvest was “classic” in the Waitaki in terms of the timing of harvest, the low volume and high quality of the fruit. The limestone-rich soils influence both the shape and the flow of this wine with lovely tension across the mid palate and racy acidity extending the finish. The nose has stone fruit, citrus and a lovely savoury note that is derived from the high solids fermentation. The wine is a juxtaposition of intensity and subtlety with a real limey fruit purity at the core. Made in tiny quantities, this young wine is immediately enjoyable and will continue to reward for another decade.” – Jen Parr
Winemaking Notes: Harvested between 10th and 26th April 2020, from 8-12 year old vines. 100% whole bunch, 28% new oak. 2016 bottles total production. The small bunches were hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed for gentle extraction. The pressed juice was homogenized and put directly to barrel without settling in order to benefit from the full solids during fermentation. The wine was fermented in French oak barriques (28% new) with weekly stirring through malolactic fermentation. It was blended at 11.5 months and bottled without filtration. Natural sediment may occur.
Region: Waitaki Valley, North Otago, New Zealand