2014
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Chardonnay
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

2014
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Chardonnay
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

The 2014 season was characterized by naturally high yields resulting from an early, warm settled spring. A very dry summer followed with vineyard work focused reduced yields by hand to optimal levels. This allowed the fruit to ripen to optimal levels in the cool and settled conditions of early autumn. A season rewarding hard work and vigilance in the vineyard.

The fruit for this wine was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, allowing clean and intensely flavored juice to be crushed from the grape. The juice was fermented in French oak barriques, with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeast, followed by extended barrel ageing on yeast lees. Maturation allowed the oak flavours to gently integrate with the fruit and yeast lees characters and develop increased richness and complexity in the wine.

Intense and complex, this wine displays floral aromas of apricot and orange peel integrated with dried spice characters and nougat aromas from the influence of barrel fermentation and lees contact. Ripe stone fruit flavours of nectarine and dried apricot are complimented by a flinty minerality and subtle French oak influence giving hints of macadamia. A tight, well-structured palate with underlying minerality gives the wine seamless length and complexity.

  • Region: Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate
  • Vine Age: 18 years old
  • Clones: Mendoza Clone & Clone 95
  • Yield: 2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loess Clay over Greywacke Rock
  • Oak: 11 months in French barrique (30% new)
  • Production: 650 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MARLBOROUGH

When the first growers of the modern era planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there was commercial grape growing and winemaking as early as the 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and... Learn More »

AUNTSFIELD ESTATE

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Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 and made highly regarded wine for over 50 years. The dramatic hillside vineyard with its unique variety of soils is again producing premium wines under the guidance of the Cowley family. The proud heritage of the land is the inspiration to produce exciting handcrafted wines of balance and individuality that display the special terrior of this historic Marlborough vineyard. Learn More »

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