Chardonnay

The plaudits go to our vineyard workers whose proactive shoot thinning back in November encouraged ripeness before the rains arrived shortly after the Harvest end.

The plaudits go to our vineyard workers whose proactive shoot thinning back in November encouraged ripeness before the rains arrived shortly after the Harvest end.



Deliciously savoury

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


Nose
Complex flavours of cashew nut, preserved lemon and nectarine. Then, subtle grapefruit and white floral notes reveal themselves
Palate
Layered with a bold complexity of ripe fruit flavour and spicy, smoky oak characters. The combined texture of fruit density and lees work provides a focal point that is balanced by fresh and firm acidity
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
49°F
Tim Heath
Senior Winemaker
The 2014 Chardonnay shows a sense of refinement in its balance...this is a function of earlier picking and a restrained use of new oak…
How it was made

Harvest

The harvest of Chardonnay began on March 9th and was completed by April 1st. The timing was perfect as significant rainfall arrived on the 9th of April.

Vinification

After gentle pressing, the juice was 100% barrel fermented in French oak. The wine remained in barrel for one year of maturation (18% new oak). Regular lees stirring was used in order to build aromatic complexity. The wine naturally went through 70% malo-lactic conversion. The final blend was compiled in January 2014 and bottled the following June. 

Must know
Chardonnay 2014
Marlborough
  • For consumption 10°C 12°C
  • Cellaring potential 10Years
    min
  • Alcohol 13.6 %
  • Vintage 2014
  • pH 3.16
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Bottling June 2014
  • Harvest Sunday, March 9, 2014 to Tuesday, April 1, 2014
  • Residual sugar 2.0 g/L
  • Acid 6.8 g/L
  • Closure Screwcap