Rock Ferry Marlborough Blanc de Blancs 2015
Rapaura, Wairau Plains, Marlborough
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.
Lemon curd, mandarin and biscuity notes show on the nose while the palate is creamy and elegant with notes of freshly baked dough. There is a clean acidity finely balanced with a mineral style and a lengthy finish.
Alc 13.0 % pH 3.18 TA 7.8g/l RS 4g/l
Wine Orbit 5 stars, Michael Cooper 4.5 stars