Tasting Notes 2009
Woodthorpe Chardonnay ’09 has a distinct golden tint with fresh green lights. It shows nectarine, sweet lemon and oatmeal characters on a weighty, balanced palate of great length. It will continue to develop in bottle for a further 2-4 years from harvest.
Woodthorpe Chardonnay ’09 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: 5.85g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Woodthorpe Chardonnay ’09 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 ten months before being blended, fined and bottled.
Te Mata Estate has experienced a superb run of recent vintages. 2009 is a standout and this wine illustrates the quality of the vintage. Fully ripe chardonnay grapes were harvested from the Woodthorpe vineyard between 3 and 26 March 2009.
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.