2015 Rock Ferry Blanc de Blancs
Rapaura, Wairau Plains, Marlborough, New Zealand.
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.
Clone 15 Chardonnay from the Corners Vineyard was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. The free run juice was transferred to 70 % stainless steel and 30 % seasoned oak barrels for fermentation without settling.After a short warm fermentation the wine was left on full lees and underwent indigenous MLF in spring. The wine was then tirage bottled and matured for 2 years prior to disgorging.
"It's wonderfully complex and seductively expressed on the nose showing white flesh nectarine, rockmelon, lemon peel and brioche characters. The palate offers terrific concentration and depth, superbly enhanced by creamy texture and bright acidity, leading to a lengthy expansive finish. Stylish and immensely appealing." - Sam Kim, 5 stars
Alcohol -13.0%. pH - 3.18. TA - 7.8g/l. RS - 4g/l.
"The very lively 2015 vintage (4.5*) was made from Chardonnay, estate-grown in The Corners Vineyard at Rapaura, in Marlborough. Hand-picked and fermented in a mix of old oak (30 per cent) and stainless steel (70 per cent) barrels, it was disgorged after two years on its yeast lees. Bright, light lemon/green, with a fragrant, citrusy bouquet, it is vigorous, with strong, grapefruit-like flavours, gently yeast notes adding complexity, and a crisp, unusually dry (4 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Certified organic." - Michael Cooper, 4.5 stars