Deliciously savoury

The widespread international aromatic grape variety has proudly been part of the Cloudy Bay portfolio since 1986.

The nose is immediately fresh and beguiling, with notes of candied lemon, citrus flowers and subtle hints of spice.
The palate is rounded in the mouth, with gentle citrus and stone fruit characters, enfolded in layers of crème patissière and hazelnut.
Four vineyard blocks located in separated sub-regions: Brancott, Fairhall, Ben Morven and Central Wairau Valley
Mix of free-draining gravel and loam based soils
scattered clouds
Jim White
Technical Director
The 2016 Chardonnay is bright and refined, its appealing, aromatic nose belying the depths and complexity to be found on the palate.
How it was made



We hand-picked the Chardonnay from March 19th until April 13th. Fruit was picked over a range of 20.8 to 22.6 Brix, at a point of excellent flavour concentration and acid balance.


After gentle pressing, the juice was transferred direct to French oak barriques of which 15% were new. Fermentation was carried out using wild yeast in order to build additional texture and complexity in the wine. After fermentation, the wine rested in barrel for 11 months before blending.

Must know
Chardonnay 2016
  • For consumption 10°C 12°C
  • Cellaring potential 10Years
  • Alcohol 13.3 %
  • Vintage 2016
  • pH 3.15
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Harvest Saturday, March 19, 2016 to Wednesday, April 13, 2016
  • Acid 7.0 g/L
  • Closure Screwcap