Tasting Notes 2006
Woodthorpe Chardonnay 2006 is a light straw colour, with aromas and flavours of ripe pineapple, nougat and sweet lemon. Its fine, concentrated palate and elegant finish promise continued development in bottle for 2-4 years from harvest.
Woodthorpe Chardonnay 2006 is a wonderful partner with simply prepared, rich, full flavoured dishes, such as fresh shellfish, grilled white meats and summer vegetables. Our packaging manager, Brian Margetts, recommends it with baked avocado stuffed with blue cheese.
Total acidity as tartaric: 7g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
A portion of the grapes were whole cluster pressed, with the fine, clear juice being run off to 225 litre French oak barrels for primary and malolactic fermentations. The remaining grapes were lightly crushed and destemmed before a cool tank fermentation to retain varietal aromas and flavours. The resulting wines were further matured, with the barrel fermented portion spending eight months on lees with regular stirring throughout this time. The component wines were then blended, fined and bottled in February 2007.
2006 was a third very high quality vintage in a row for Te Mata Estate, following the excellent pattern established with 2004 and 2005. Fully ripe chardonnay grapes were harvested from the Woodthorpe vineyard between 7 and 12 March 2006.
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.