Mount Edward Chardonnay, Central Otago, New Zealand, 2022
There are many characters in New Zealand winemaking and one of the largest is Duncan Forsyth.
Maverick or genius, planting vines in the cold of Otago takes some nerve. These vineyards are on the edge of what is possible, the climate is so marginal. With a biodynamic approach and the reassuring chaos of a smallholding full of pigs and chickens the wines, especially the exquisite Riesling, win awards and praise worldwide proving that we should all try to be little bit different.
Chardonnay is a variety that allows you more freedom to make wines in a style that you like more than any other. With the grapes from the Grapes from their Morrison Vineyard, Mount Edward's Chardonnay you will get a more delicate subtle version, moreish and complex.
Grapes were whole bunch pressed directly to barrel, fermented naturally using the vineyard yeasts, all in older French oak. Matured for just under a year on lees prior to hand bottling without filtration.
% wine oaked:
% new oak: None
A wine with delicate fruit flavours, some savoury complexity, nuttiness & vanilla, with a soft palate of pith like mineral texture, all underpinned by fine acidity.
Perfect with raw and lightly cooked shellfish like crab and prawns and steamed or grilled fish.
12 x 75cl