A brilliant yellow diamond with flickering green lights, Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’18 has an immediate aroma of bright lemon blossom, ripe white peach and pineapple. Summer fruits unfurl with weight and texture alongside popcorn, roasted cashews, and a floral lemonade-and-tonic character that builds to a long, fine finish. Partner with scallops, simply prepared, at sundown. Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’18 is simply delicious.
Wine Storage Suggestions
Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’18 will continue to evolve in bottle for two to four years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.3g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
WINEMAKING Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’18 combines the best of traditional and modern winemaking. Traditional whole-bunch pressing, barrel fermentation, barrel maturation on gross lees, and malolactic fermentation were all used on the remainder of the wine to enhance the complexity, richness and integration. Modern and traditional de-stemming and tank fermentation was used for a portion of the grapes to preserve the vibrant varietal aromas and clear, fresh fruit expression.
VINEYARDS The grapes for Estate Vineyards Chardonnay ’18 were harvested between 3 and 28 March 2018 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Woodthorpe Terraces, Bridge Pa Triangle 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.
Estate Vineyards Chardonnay '18 - 'Delightfully fruited and inviting, the bouquet shows ripe peach, rockmelon, vanilla and roasted cashew characters, leading to a beautifully weighted palate that’s rounded and creamy. At its best: now to 2023.' 91 Points, ★★★★.5Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2020 All Reviews