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Holly Chardonnay2018

Sourced from a single vineyard in Hawkes Bay, this is a rich, barrel fermented Chardonnay with the accent on complexity and fruit weight. Ripe stonefruit and citrus aromas combine with hints of toasty oak, leading to a silky and elegant finish. Perfect with seafood or pasta made with rich, cream-based sauces or with roasted chicken. Already enjoyable, this wine will continue to improve over the next 3 to 7 years.

Vineyard

The fruit for this wine was sourced from a single vineyard in the upper reaches of the Dartmoor Valley in Hawkes Bay. The vineyard is planted in several different clones of Chardonnay, and features free-draining stony silt loams. The crop levels were kept very low and exposed to the sunshine to ensure even ripening and flavour development.

Winemaking

The fruit for this wine was pressed straight after picking, with the juice then being transferred for fermentation into French oak barrels, with 35% new oak, using a mix of cultured and wild yeasts. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was left on lees in barrel for 11 months to promote texture and mouthfeel.

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Awards & Reviews

2018
Awarded 93pts Cameron Douglas MS
Awarded 91pts Bob Campbell

2017
Awarded 5 stars by Wine Orbit
Awarded 5 stars by Raymond Chan
Awarded 93pts Cameron Douglas
Awarded Silver by IWSC

2016

Awarded Master of the UK Drinks Business Masters
Awarded Gold by China Wine and Spirits Awards
Awarded 5 stars by Wine Orbit

2015
Awarded Gold by China Wine and Spirits Awards
Awarded 5 stars by Wine Orbit
Awarded Outstanding Silver by IWSC