Forrest Chardonnay 2007
Fruit intensity and flavour complexity are determined in the vineyard; here we exploit known flavour differences between Chardonnay clones, 15, 95 and Mendoza restrained crop levels (6.7-8.6 tonne/ha) and our local knowledge of Marlborough’s differing terroir to maximum effect. The grapes were both hand and machine harvested over a 8 day period, with 50% of the press free-run juice being put into new and older oak barriques for high solids primary and secondary malolactic fermentation prior to 10 month yeast autolysis maturation. The remaining 50% of the juice was cool fermented in tanks and aged with yeast lees stirring.
The epitome of my style of chardonnay - fresh vibrant fruit flavours, subtle oak and focused acidity. It abounds with citrus (lemon/grapefruit) and stonefruit (nectarine/white peach) flavours and that lovely yeast lees derived, oaten/toffee biscuit aroma. Soft and harmonious with excellent depth and weight on the palate, the wine will benefit from 2-4 years cellaring. A perfect accompaniment with fresh manuka smoked Marlborough Sounds Moki.