Church Road Tom Chardonnay 2016
With fruit sourced from our Tuki Tuki Vineyard, the site is elevated slightly above the surrounding plains, with the vineyard exposed to cooling afternoon sea breezes which help to retain fragrance and fresh acidity, ideal for Chardonnay, the sole variety grown here. Hand-harvested and hand sorted, the fruit was gently whole bunch pressed directly to French oak barriques without any clarification or additions. Wild primary and malolactic fermentation ensued, and has delivered an extra degree of complexity, textural interest and provided an excellent natural acid balance. 43% new oak was used to aid to further enhance the depth of the wine without dominating the fruit. The wine was matured on full yeast lees in barrel approximately 11 months with only occasional yeast lees stirring. To avoid any unnecessary stripping effect, the wine was unfined and only lightly filtered for clarity prior to bottling.
Accolades: 97 points, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review