Chardonnay

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 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.



Deliciously savoury

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


Nose
The 2019 Chardonnay is fresh, fragrant and mouth-watering. The nose is redolent of orchard fruit, white peach, apricot, blossom and warm hay.
Palate
The palate is concentrated, with notes of apple and pear balanced by gentle vanilla spice, hazelnut and a subtle saline note. A dart of citrus acidity delivers freshness and leads to a long and appealing finish.
Marlborough
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
light rain
Today
12°C
53°F
How it was made

Harvest

We hand-picked the Chardonnay from March 9th until March 30th, at a point of excellent flavour concentration and acid balance.

Vinification

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.

Must know
Chardonnay 2019
Marlborough
  • For consumption 10°C 12°C
  • Cellaring potential 10Years
    min
  • Alcohol 13.4 %
  • Vintage 2019
  • pH 3.05
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Bottling 06/2020
  • Acid 6.5 g/L
  • Closure Screwcap