Akarua Chardonnay 2018
Central Otago - Golden, straw colour.
Complex nose of yellow nectarine flesh, lemon zest, kaffir lime leaf, clover honey and earthy minerality with exotic notes of papaya and jasmine. Palate follows through with pink grapefruit juiciness, fine linear acidity lending length and focus, lifted ground fennel spice perfume and finishing with river stone minerals.
New Zealand > Central Otago
Alk.: 12,5 % ABV | RZ: 0 g/l | GS: 6,9 g/l
Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented, bottled unfined
Yeast: wild / Burgundy yeast strain, 90% malolactic fermentation
Fermentation: <20°, 3 weeks
Oak: 1-12 year old barrels, 5% new, Gillet/Saury/Francois Freres
Lees: 10 months, once monthly battonage