Tasting Notes 2008
Woodthorpe Chardonnay ’08 has the palest lemon colour, aromas of white peach and nectarine, with a subtle background fragrance of honeysuckle and lightly grilled hazelnuts. It is concentrated with fresh lemon ﬂavours and biscuit notes. The freshness and elegance of this wine promise cellaring beneﬁ ts for 2-4 years from harvest.
Woodthorpe Chardonnay ’08 is delicious on its own, or a wonderful partner for both simply prepared and fuller ﬂavoured seafood, and white meat dishes.
Total acidity as tartaric: 7g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Woodthorpe Chardonnay ’08 combines the best of traditional and modern winemaking. Traditional whole-bunch pressing and primary malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels were used to enhance a portion of the grapes to create complex rich fruit ﬂavours. Modern de-stemming and tank fermentation was used for the remainder of the grapes to preserve the vibrant varietal aromas and clear, fresh fruit expression. The resulting wines were matured for a year before being blended, ﬁned and bottled.
2008 continued our run of very favourable vintages. The grapes were harvested at ideal ripeness between 9 and 14 March 2008.
Sourced exclusively from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards, the estate vineyards wines are blended to represent the best qualities of their variety, vintage, and Hawke’s Bay origin.