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Brick Bay's first ever Chardonnay!
This elegant wine is characterised by delicate aromas and multi-layered textures of flinty minerality, toasted grains and concentrated fruit weight – a beautifully balanced, food-friendly wine.
In the Vineyard:
2016 was a rollercoaster of a vintage here in Matakana. We experienced a mixed bag of wind, rain, humidity and plenty of sunshine! Fortunately, a mild winter and an early spring had allowed us to establish a good healthy, disease-free canopy, able to cope with the vagaries of the weather. Healthy vines are more able to withstand the pressures of disease, and a well-managed open canopy exposes the grapes to sunshine and air movement.
The grapes moved into veraison earlier than usual and we rushed to net in the third week of January to protect from the ravenous birds who swoop in at the first sign of colour. Juggling the decisions of when to pick, with an eye on weather and fruit condition, is one of the more nerve-wracking tasks of the vintage. It was a case of patiently waiting for optimum flavours to develop, taking care that we retain that all-important acidity and ensuring the sugar levels are not excessive to give us overly alcoholic wines.
Our vineyard team worked hard at fruit-thinning and leaf plucking, and by mid March we hand-harvested perfect bunches of clean, fragrant fruit – our first Chardonnay harvest at Brick Bay.
Harvest date: 15 March 2016
Bottling date: 15 February 2017
Quantity: 60 cases
In the Winery:
The first Chardonnay fruit hand-harvested from our estate was firstly whole-bunch pressed, cold settled and then racked into seasoned French barrels for fermentation. The wine remained on lees during the malo-lactic fermentation then remained in barrel for 11 months before bottling.
A shimmering straw colour, this vibrant wine shows delicate aromatic layers of melon, citrus and toasted brioche. The flinty, saline, slightly chalky Chardonnay characteristics on the palate are here finely counterbalanced by restrained buttered toast, wheatmeal and spice notes, yielding a supremely harmonious wine of elegant length and poise.
Bob Campbell, Master Sommelier
2016 Chardonnay, 91 points Intense, vibrant Chardonnay with citrus/grapefruit, apple, bran biscuit and spicy oak flavours. Quite a taut, linear wine with an appealing suggestion of struck flint/mineral character. Accessible now but should develop well in the bottle.
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
Youthful yet layered bouquet with aromas of white and yellow stone fruit, apple and some pear moments; there's no mistaking the influence and scents of oak with soft vanilla and kitchen spices, a light toasty layer and lees influence emerges as the wine opens up in the glass. On the palate - youthful, fresh, weighty and loaded with texture; flavours of apple, pear and white peach, oak spices, lees and moderate oak tannins jostling for position. A wine for the cellar please - 2 to 3 years with an ideal drinking time between late 2018 and 2022. Great potential.