Estate Vineyards

Chardonnay '12

Estate Vineyards Chardonnay '17

The colour of Hawke’s Bay sunshine, it’s superbly fragrant on the nose with lemon, white peach, popcorn and fresh pineapple. The palate opens out to lemon curd, crème brûlée, toasted cashew with a slight touch of flint and smoke.

$19.90/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2012

Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’12 has a bright lemon colour and green lights, with characters of fresh pineapple, peach, roasted nuts and French vanilla. The palate shows great intensity with perfectly ripe stonefruit flavours over a background of rich, salted shortbread and a long, concentrated, very fine finish.

Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’12 is delicious on its own, or a wonderful partner for both simply prepared and fuller flavoured seafood, and white meat dishes.

Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’12 will continue to evolve in bottle for 2-4 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.5
Total acidity as tartaric: 5g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry


Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’12 combines the best of traditional and modern winemaking. Traditional whole-bunch pressing, barrel fermentation and malolactic fermentation were used on a portion of the wine to enhance the complexity, richness and integration. 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.


The grapes for Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’12 were harvested between 24 and 29 March 2012 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Woodthorpe Terraces and Havelock Hills sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay.


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.

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