2016 Sandpiper Chardonnay
Pale straw in colour. Grapefruit and lemon zest on the nose with green apple notes. The palate shows citrus and hints of tropical fruit. Subtle oak adds complexity and creamy notes to the palate.
Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press). After settling the juice was warmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast selected for its ability to respect the purity of the fruit. After fermentation the yeast lees were stirred for 6 weeks (battonage). Post fermentation the wine was stabilized, minimally fined, filtered then bottled.
A warm dry spring led to into similarly dry conditions in December and January. The warm weather brought harvest on in the first week of February. A couple of good rain events led to milder conditions slowed down the ripening and allowed the fruit to develop well. Whites from 2016 show good flavour and balance.
Silver at 2016 Barossa Wine Show
18/20 - Raymond Chan, NZ Writer, March 2017
Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is well-proportioned with intense, deep and well-concentrated aromas of yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits and mealy elements, along with notes of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak detail. The nose retains a steely freshness. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses stylishly restrained flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit integrated with mealy and nutty notes. The mouthfeel is soft with a gently textured line and integrated acidity, and the wine flows smoothly to a moderately long, dry finish of citrus and nutty flavours. This is a stylish Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus and mealy flavours, with nutty oak on a soft-textured palate with underlying freshness. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years.