Chardonnay 2017 Magnum

Chardonnay 2017 Magnum

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Our Magnums are presented beautifully in our exclusive wooden boxes (domestic customers only). Best enjoyed with a group of friends and family. 

For Burgundy lovers! Think Premier Cru Meursault, exquisitely complex and tremendously concentrated revealing incredible silkiness and depth. Compelling aromas of tropical fruit and white flowers. Persistent straight through to the last reverberant sip, showing the generosity and rounded texture of delicate barrel maturation where it flourished to a triumph of Chardonnay. Naturally beautiful and ageless…

Vintage 2017+

Chardonnay, a progeny of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc is responsible for the finest white Burgundy. When the vineyard site is right, yields not too high, acid not too low, and winemaking skilled, Chardonnay can produce thrilling, savoury, dry, full-bodied wines that will continue to improve in bottle for more than a decade. The ideal warm and long growing season of 2017 together with our low yield philosophy produced perfect healthy and flavourful berries with a gentle perfume, ripened to perfection from the 20 year old vines.

Hans' Winemaking Comments+

'I left the fruit on the skins for an extended time to extract the superb flavours. Then gently pressed and transferred the must in in 500 litre French oak puncheons (50% new) for a natural (wild yeast) fermentation until there was no sugar left. Its fine lees has been regularly stirred assisting to the wines remarkable silkiness, complexity and depth. The wine had 18 month in the barrel to mature and flourish but will develop into something heavenly with bottle age. No cold stabilization. Unfined and only lightly filtrated to retain all the goodness. Naturally beautiful…'

Tasting Notes+

Super inviting – lightly smoky with cool stoney notes. This wine offers a persistent and incredibly intense core fruit flavour of melon and papaya. So much so that the oak is lightly detectable, revealing more complexity with every sip. Rich and curvaceous across the tongue, yet still so elegant with a silky, smooth lingering finish.

Technical Data+

Variety    

100% Chardonnay

Clones

Mendoza / Dijon clones

Rootstock

SO4 / 3309 / 101.14 / Riparia Gloire / Schwarzmann

Vine age

20 years

Soil 

Shallow (<45 cm) well drained sandy and gravelly soil with clay-sand patches from stony alluvium.

Planting density  

High 5,500 vines/ha

Yield 

2t/ha

Alcohol

14%

Residual Sugar 

<1 g/l

Ageing Potential

10+ years

 

Food Matching Suggestions+

The beauty of Chardonnay is its versatility - it matches practically everything. A wine to sip and savour...

Industry Reviews+

Wine Enthusiast - 96 points

"This is an exceptional, Old World-style Chardonnay of depth and beauty from one of New Zealand's most intriguing winegrowers. From the Herzog family's organically farmed vines, this deep-gold Chard is rich and evocative, like the air after a summer rainstorm (think wet hay, fresh herbs, papaya and honeyed pear). The opulence of the palate—texturally like melted caramel—is offset by flickers of salty minerals. The oak is present but supportive. An intense, complex wine that should age gorgeously until 2035 at least." Christina Pickard