TIKI Chardonnay 2014

$ 15.25

NOSE: Delicate aromas of melon and peach stone with subtle oak notes

PALATE: The wine has a freshness and vibrancy that gives it instant appeal. Made in a fruit-driven style it has stone fruit and peach stone flavours with hints of toasty oak. The palate has a fullness which gives it good length while at the same time finishing dry.

VINEYARD REGION: 100 percent Hawke's Bay

VINTAGE CONDITIONS: The weather conditions were perfect for bringing the Chardonnay fruit to full maturity while still retaining a good level of natural acidity to ensure freshness and flavour.

WINEMAKING: The fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and transported quickly to the winery. It was then destemmed without crushing and chilled immediately prior to pressing (this helps to retain maximum fruit flavours). A gentle pressing was followed by cold settling to clarify the juice. The clear juice was fermented with a selection of Chardonnay yeast, followed by a partial malolactic fermentation to add complexity to the palate. The wine was bottled early to preserve as much flavour as possible.

WINEMAKER: Evan Ward

GRAPE VARIETY: 100 percent Chardonnay

MATURATION: 100 per cent stainless steel fermentation with some oak contact