Chardonnay

Abundant crop levels due to an ideal flowering season were meticulously managed, resulting in luscious classic Marlborough flavours.

Abundant crop levels due to an ideal flowering season were meticulously managed, resulting in luscious classic Marlborough flavours.



Deliciously savoury

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


Nose
Appealing, with aromas of stonefruit, white floral, smokey oak and spice.
Palate
Fresh and lively with a bright acid backbone. Flavours abound of nectarines & peaches, juicy citrus and grapefruit pith. Good length with delicate texture and a fine mineral thread.
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
scattered clouds
Today
18°C
64°F
Jim White
Technical Director
The winemaking for our Cloudy Bay Chardonnay has evolved towards a “hands-off/traditional” approach. The aim of this approach is to build genuine complexity and texture into our Chardonnay.
How it was made

Harvest

We hand picked our vineyards according to their flavour profile over a three weeks period.

Vinification

After gentle pressing, juice was 100% barrel fermented with a high solids content in French oak. The wine remained in barrel, 20% 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 January 2012 and bottled the following June.

Must know
Chardonnay 2011
Marlborough
  • For consumption 10°C 12°C
  • Cellaring potential 10Years
    min
  • Alcohol 14.1 %
  • Vintage 2011
  • pH 3.20
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Bottling June 2012
  • Harvest Sunday, March 20, 2011 to Tuesday, April 12, 2011
  • Residual sugar 2.0 g/L
  • Acid 7.4 g/L
  • Closure Screwcap