2016 Chardonnay (Oaked) - Gisborne 6 750ml
Luminous pale gold in the glass, this Gisborne Chardonnay displays vibrant aromas of stonefruit and melon, complemented with subtle hints of creamy butterscotch and toasted nuts. Medium bodied and elegantly textured, this wine is balanced with notes of ripe citrus, tropical fruits and a touch of spicy French oak.
A range of modern winemaking techniques was used in the crafting of this wine to highlight the pure Gisborne fruit. Picked at optimum ripeness, premium parcels of fruit were transported to the winery where they were gently pressed using modern membrane presses. After pressing the resulting juice was moved into both French oak barriques and stainless steel tanks for fermentation with purposely selected yeasts. After the primary yeast fermentation was complete the wine underwent full secondary malolactic fermentation on yeast lees – allowing richness and weight to develop. After a short period of lees stirring the wine was left to settle before being fined and filtered, before bottling in late November.
Tohu Wines have a long association with the Gisborne area, renowned to be one of New Zealand’s premium Chardonnay producing regions. Protected by mountain ranges to both the North and North West of the region, Gisborne’s climate is characterised by generally warm and dry conditions that are naturally moderated by cool sea breezes – acting to preserve natural acidity and ripe tropical fruit flavours within the grapes. The 2016 season started unusually cool and wet, resulting in a longer ripening season for the region. At harvest sugars and acid were overall lower than average, however, excellent flavours were present.