Unison Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay
The growing season kicked off relatively early in September
2009. The weather in spring was variable with particularly cold periods in
October. The unsettled weather continued through early summer and it was not
until February that Hawke’s Bay finally enjoyed consistently warm dry
conditions. These conditions were excellent for flavour development in our grapes.
Picking decisions were made on flavour with no weather or disease pressure
influencing the timing.
With the ambition of making a subtle chardonnay that
represents the character of the Gimblett Gravel soils, we chose to combine two
different clones of chardonnay; Clone 15 to bring palate weight along with stone
fruit aromas and flavours, and Mendosa to give citrus lift and structure. The
grapes were handpicked and whole bunch pressed and the juice settled overnight
before going to barrel for fermentation. As we wanted the new oak contribution
to be subtle and supportive of the fruit expression, we chose to use a 500 l
French oak puncheon rather than 225 l barrel as our new oak componentTo enhance
complexity we used three different yeasts and allowed a portion of the wine to
complete MLF. Our wine stayed in barrel for 10 months and the lees were stirred
A wine that speaks of the gravel soils in which the grapes
were grown. Mineral and spicy on the nose with aromas of stone fruit with hints
of delicate white flowers. Tight and restrained on the palate with citrus,
spice, sweet peach and vanilla flavours.
A fine acidity brings a beautiful balance to this
Chardonnay. The lingering fresh flavours on the finish give completeness to a
wine of complexity, finesse and depth.
Unison Chardonnay is youthful, elegant and refined and has
the capacity to age gracefully. A delicious partner now with fish and whites
meats. Serve lightly chilled.