The 2019 growing season began with an early budburst after a mild winter and warm early spring. Late spring brought cool, unsettled weather during flowering, which meant lower-than-average yields. The weather continued through December, but Christmas brought the gift of warm, dry conditions until harvest. Vineyard crews undertook careful canopy work to ensure the grapes could bask in the sun, with the resulting fruit proving concentrated and complex.
The widespread international aromatic grape variety has proudly been part of the Cloudy Bay portfolio since 1986.
We hand-picked the Chardonnay from March 9th until March 30th, at a point of excellent flavour concentration and acid balance.
After gentle pressing, the juice was settled and racked before being transferred to French oak barriques, of which 20% were new. Half of the batches were put to barrel with full solids (without racking). Following fermentation, the wine rested in barrel for 11 months before blending. 21% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation.