2013
Auntsfield
'Cob Cottage'
Chardonnay
Marlborough

2013
Auntsfield
'Cob Cottage'
Chardonnay
Marlborough

Auntsfield continues the proud heritage of Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery established in 1873. Our Single Block wines display qualities distinctive to grapes grown within a defined area at Auntsfield Estate. Consistent quality and character over many vintages has separated these single blocks out as producing our Reserve Wines.

Cob Cottage is a small 2 hectare block situated at the very southern elevated corner of the vineyard next to old Oak trees. It has a unique free draining soil made up of crushed Greywacke rock that has fallen from the steep hill behind. This small block of vines is situated on a steep north facing hillside at Auntsfield Estate. The soil here is made up of very dense Loess Clay with a high mineral content. The vines are old and slow growing leading to a low cropping level of 2kg per vine. The resulting fruit is always very clean with an unusual warm hue of color at harvest. The bunches contain small, perfectly formed berries and a high skin to pulp ratio.

The fruit is hand-picked into small baskets. At the winery it is hand sorted then gently whole bunch pressed, and the juice fermented in French oak barriques (20% new oak). After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels on yeast lees for 10 months. Regular lees stirring added greater pallet weight and richness which balances the structure and complexity of this wine.

Nectarine and white peach with subtle aromas of mandarin peel, lime leaf and grapefruit. Lifted notes of dried herbs complimented by complex mealy aromas of vanilla bean, roasted nuts and honeycomb.
The palate is tight and fresh, with stone fruit and tropical fruit flavours. Underlying chalky minerality provides a linear structure. The mouthfeel is intense and yet seamless and well balanced.

  • Region: Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Vineyard: Cob Cottage Vineyard
  • TA: 6.9
  • pH: 3.18
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Oak: 10 months in French barrique (20% new)
  • Production: 200 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

MARLBOROUGH

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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