Our 2017 Levels Vineyard Chardonnay was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed on the 20th and 23th of March. Half the juice went straight to barrel and the other half was cold settled over night in tank before being transferred to barrel.
The juice was barrel fermented (66% Wild ferment) and spent 10 months on lees where it was stirred every 1 – 2 weeks. The final blend was comprised of nine barrels. Seven of these were Mendoza clone Chardonnay with the other two being Clone 6. The oak regime consists of 33% new French oak and 50% one year old French oak.
Complexity and intensity are the hallmarks of our Levels Chardonnay and the 2017 has both in spades. Toasted nuts, brioche, lemon meringue and a hint of flint are found on the nose whilst the palate consists of ripe rock melon, golden queen peach and orange rind. Power, poise and panache a-plenty for what is fast becoming one of New Zealand’s most sought after top end Chardonnays.