Family Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Family Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Family Reserve Chardonnay 2013

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  • 4 Stars Michael Cooper
  • sustainable production

Our Family Reserve Chardonnay 2013 is rich, elegant and focussed with generous flavours of pineapple, toasted nuts and bran biscuits and a long silken finish.

The wine is built for ageing and we recommend to enjoy it between now and 2018.


4 Stars Michael Cooper
The youthful 2013 vintage was matured for a year in French oak puncheons (50 per cent new).

The bouquet is creamy and nutty; the palate is mouthfilling, with ripe, citrusy, mealy flavours, and toasty, buttery notes adding complexity. A strongly wood-influenced style, it shows good concentration and potential; best drinking mid-2015+.

4 Stars or 92/100 Bob Campbell MW
More concentrated and more complex than the regular label with similar purity. Peach, apricot cashew nut and bran biscuit flavours.  Distinctive wine in an appealing and very drinkable style. Should develop well in bottle.



        From Sustainable Production, accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand

        Weather Conditions: Spring and summer were hot and extremely dry, enhancing great flavours in our grapes. Rain set in just one week before harvest, making for anxious times. Luckily the fine weather returned for another 3 weeks – just long enough to bring our crop in safely and in good condition.

        • 100% fruit from our Home block
        • Moutere clay soil with a layer of sandy loam
        • Clones: Mendoza, Gm 2/23, UCD 15, Cl 95
        • Hand-harvested and hand-sorted on 25 March


        • Whole bunch pressed
        • Gravity-fed from press area to main winery
        • Partially barrel-fermented
        • Aged for 12 months in French 500L oak puncheons, 50% new
        • 70% malolactic fermentation
        • Extended lees contact
        • No fining pre-bottling, minimal pumping
        • Gentle filtration in a single pass from cloudy to sterile

        • Bottled on 29 July 2014 in Light-Weight Bottles to reduce our Carbon Footprint
        • 13.5% Alcohol

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