Auntsfield produces Chardonnay with finesse, restraint, honed focus and a textured mineral structure.
Only the best fruit is used with the resulting wine showing a real sense of place that showcases the mineral structure of the old clay soils of the vineyard
Rich straw gold in colour with intense, complex aromas - this wine displays aromas of white peach and mandarin peel integrated with brioche and macadamia nut aromas from the French oak influence.
The palate is of 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.
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.
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.
A season of low crops and incredible fruit ripeness and intensity.
About Auntsfield Estate:
Auntsfield continues the proud heritage of Marlborough's first vineyard and winery established in 1873.
The Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate.
Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality – qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard.