Chardonnay

Unseasonably warm weather was followed by a long cool spring, producing fully ripened fruit with bright acidity.

Unseasonably warm weather was followed by a long cool spring, producing fully ripened fruit with bright acidity.



Deliciously savoury

The widespread international aromatic grape variety has proudly been part of the Cloudy Bay portfolio since 1986.


Nose
Appealing aromas of cereals, wheat flower, mandarin and ripe lemon. A hint of smoke, balanced with creamy cashew nuts and an underlying grapefruit zest
Palate
A fresh lively entry matched by a silky mouth filling texture. Layers of flavours include slate, green plums, tart lemons and nougat
Marlborough
Four vineyard blocks located in separated sub-regions: Brancott, Fairhall, Ben Morven and Central Wairau Valley
Mix of free-draining gravel and loam based soils
light rain
Today
10°C
50°F
Tim Heath
Senior Winemaker
Chardonnay has been made since 1996, over that time the wine has evolved but this now a wine which has a lovely combination of savory characteristics but also some pure fruity elements.
How it was made

Harvest

We hand picked our vineyards according to their flavour profile, commencing on the 26th of March and progressing through to April 15th.

Vinification

After hand picking and gentle pressing, the wine was 100% barrel fermented in French oak. The wine remained in barrel, 15% of it new, for one year prior to bottling and enjoyed regular lees stirring and about 70% malolactic fermentation. The final blend was determined in March 2011 and bottled the following January.

Must know
Chardonnay 2010
Marlborough
  • For consumption 10°C 12°C
  • Cellaring potential 10Years
    min
  • Alcohol 13.8 %
  • Vintage 2010
  • pH 3.28
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Bottling January 2011
  • Harvest Friday, March 26, 2010 to Thursday, April 15, 2010
  • Residual sugar 2.2 g/L
  • Acid 6.6 g/L
  • Closure Screwcap