2014 Gisborne Chardonnay

GISBORNE GARAGISTE WINE COMPANY     
 CHARDONNAY 2014

VITICULTURE

The fruit for this wine was sourced from Simon Shanks vineyard in the naturally warm Wahirere region of Gisborne. In the excellent 2014 vintage the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay in this block had a balanced canopy and excellent fruit exposure which allowed the grapes to reach optimal maturity. 

HARVEST DETAILS

The grapes were hand harvested in pristine condition on the 18th March, showing ripe varietal characters with excellent acidity.
Sugar (o Bx)
Titratable Acidity
pH
23.5
7.70 g/L
3.39
 WINEMAKING NOTES

The grapes  were gently pressed as whole bunches with the resulting free run juice run straight to French oak barriques comprising 15% new oak. This juice was allowed to undergo fermentation utilising the native yeast species indigenous to the vineyard.
28% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The  blend remained in barrel with regular battonage  for ten months prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES

Light yellow  in colour this wine shows aromas  of grapefruit and yellow peach and subtle  toasty oak . The palate has a rich texture with a ripe fruit core, integrated charry oak and creamy malolactic characters  intermingled  with savoury barrel ferment characters. The  balanced acidity flows through the palate creating an elegant style with a long finish.

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
Titratable Acidity
pH
Residual sugar
14.3%
6.6 g/L
3.50
< 2.0 g/L

FOOD MATCH

Serve with creamy pasta dishes  and rich white meat dishes incorporating chicken or pork. Alternatively match with rich fish such as salmon or seared  tuna.