Greystone Chardonnay 2010
The Greystone Chardonnay always expresses the tussle between fruit & minerality, between overtness & restraint. By walking this tightrope we can deliver a wine that truly reflects the place & region it comes from.
Wheat, grapefruit & white peach on the nose, lovely creaminess on the palate all wound together with lovely minerality to produce a wine with tension and finesse.
Fermentation in French oak barrels and 45% going through malo-lactic fermentation the following spring.
Our B95 Chardonnay is situated on Block 2: a flat block which overlooks the Omihi Stream. Located on rich clay soils these rows run to a North-South orientation with 2500 vines/ Ha.
Our Mendoza vines are on Block 12: a very steep limestone slope facing North with low vigour and good exposure to sun and wind throughout the growing season. Crop loads are always low in this block. The 2010 season provided us with naturally low crops and very concentrated fruit.
All bunches were hand selected; with a portion whole bunch pressed and a portion macerating pre-press. Free Run and pressings were treated separately as juice before all went through fermentation in French oak and 45% going through malo-lactic fermentation the following spring. The wine was bottled un-fined a year after harvesting. Greystone Chardonnay is released after 6 months bottle age.
Date of Harvest 13th and 18th April 2010
Brix at Harvest 24.4
Cellaring 2011 - 2015