2015
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Chardonnay
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

2015
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Chardonnay
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

The 2015 season offered up many challenges but particularly a cold windy Spring which reduced yields to very low levels. This fruit developed through a warm summer and mild weather during the harvest period, allowing the fruit to ripen to optimal levels in the cool and settled Autumn conditions. It was a season of low crops and incredible fruit ripeness and intensity.

The fruit for this wine was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, allowing clean and intensely flavoured juice to be pressed 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 aromas of white peach and mandarin peel integrated with brioche and macadamia nut aromas from the French oak influence. Ripe stone fruit flavours of peach and dried apricot are complimented by a flinty minerality and subtle French oak influence giving hints of roasted hazelnut. A tight, well-structured palate with underlying minerality gives the wine seamless length and complexity.

  • Region: Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate
  • Vine Age: 19 years old
  • Clones: Mendoza Clone & Clone 95
  • Yield: 2 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loess Clay over Greywacke Rock
  • TA: 6.5
  • pH: 3.21
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • 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

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. They planted blocks of the property with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, taking real care to select the best plots for... Learn More »

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