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2016 3rd Rock Marlborough Chardonnay

2016 3rd Rock Marlborough Chardonnay

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About the 2016 3rd Rock Marlborough Chardonnay

Vineyard & Region

Rapaura, Wairau Plains, Marlborough.

Tasting Note

This Chardonnay has an intriguing bouquet of toasted walnut, nougat, & nectarine with distinctive notes of vanilla bean & lemon curd. A little crème brûlée on the palate with generous stone fruit flavours & a persistent line of acidity; laced with toasty, walnut complexities, the wine finishes dry & austere.

Technical:             Alc 13.55%      pH 4.36      TA 6.0g/l      RS Dry


Our aim in the vineyard is to grow the best fruit we can so it can speak of its home and express its personality. To do this you need healthy vines and soil. By practicing organics and incorporating some biodynamic principles we believe we are doing our best to help achieve this and let our vineyards evolve and speak as they would like.


Chardonnay is the world’s most popular variety – our chardonnay comes from our Corners Vineyard in Marlborough. Chardonnay styles have evolved over the last decade or so from this country, we aim to make a Chardonnay with elegance, power and restraint. We like the fruit to be seen supported by fine acidity and framed by some very good oak. We like our Chardonnay to speak quietly, elegantly and succinctly. The hand harvested grapes were whole bunch pressed. The cloudy juice was then racked the following day to a French oak cuve for the natural fermentation to start. It was then transferred to French barriques & puncheons (33% new) for spontaneous malolactic fermentation to start in the spring. The wine was then racked before fining with organic milk, filtered then bottled.



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