Carrick, Bannockburn Chardonnay 2016

From Central Otago producers Carrick, this Chardonnay is made from fruit harvested from their Certified Organic Cairnmuir Terraces vineyard. Located in Bannockburn, Carrick was formed in 1994 and encompasses a small vineyard of 24 hectares, as well as a winery, restaurant and cellar door.

This is classic Chardonnay, inviting and unctuous. The 2016 harvest was warm and long and is expressed in the bottle by a softer acidity than usual, as well as roundness. After gentle whole-bunch pressing, the chardonnay juice was gravity-fed into French oak barrels, (10 percent new) with a high grape solids content to add interest and texture. All barrels were fermented with indigenous yeast and stirred daily during fermentation.

The result of spending ten months in barrel is this delicious Chardonnay which has notes of citrus and stone-fruit characters. The palate is textural, precise and long, treading the line of elegance, minerality and excellent length.