Windrush Empire Chardonnay 2020
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
91/100 Bob Campbell MW
Similar to 2019, with a bit more citrus and a hint of flinty wild fermentation. Aromas of toffee apple, peach & grapefruit & a hint of flinty wild fermentation Palate of creamy stone fruit, butterscotch a fine minerality & lingering finish.
In 2016 we planted a small vineyard at Gee Street, Renwick. The vineyard was developed and planted organically under BioGro NZ certification. We planted three chardonnay clones, mainly 548 but a little 1066 & 121 which are rare clones grown in New Zealand.
We experienced a long hot and dry summer in Marlborough which were ideal conditions for Chardonnay. Hand picked on the 23rd March with Covid19 lockdown almost upon us.
Whole bunch pressed with minimal Sulphur additions, cold settled then racked to five French oak barrels. 20% New oak. 100% fermented with indigenous yeasts. Post ferment, the barrels underwent lees stirring & malolactic fermentation over the winter months. Bottled early, fresh and vibrant.
We are working on finding our best Pairing for this beautiful Organic Wine. Also open to some suggestions from you. Get in touch with us with your favourite pairing and we can talk about what we love. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org