Deliciously savoury

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

Complex with layers of white peach, spring florals and well integrated smoke
Richly textured with fleshy stonefruit and lemon citrus. Mouthfilling yet balanced with fresh acidity giving it elegant shape and focus
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
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Jim White
Technical Director
Impressive in its youth, this is a wine to watch - elegant, with a lingering and lively finish.
How it was made


We hand picked our vineyards according to their flavour profile over a 16 day period. 


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. It enjoyed regular lees stirring to build palate weight and lift aromatics and about 70% saw malolactic fermentation. The final blend was determined in January 2014 and bottled the following June.

Must know
Chardonnay 2013
  • For consumption 10°C 12°C
  • Cellaring potential 10Years
  • Alcohol 14.2 %
  • Vintage 2013
  • pH 3.21
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Bottling January 2014
  • Harvest Tuesday, March 26, 2013 to Thursday, April 11, 2013
  • Residual sugar 3.0 g/L
  • Acid 6.9 g/L
  • Closure Screwcap