Greenhough Wines Hope Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
“Refined, subtle wine with pure, penetrating, citrusy flavours, gently seasoned with oak and lovely freshness, drive and complexity. Tightly structured, intense and well worth cellaring.” – Winestate, July/August 2016
“. . . Medium-bodied, the palate features vibrantly bright and succulent flavours of ripe citrus and yellow stone fruits entwined with mealy elements and nutty oak and enriched with harmoniously integrated lemon curd and butterscotch MLF. The mouthfeel is creamy in texture from the barrel-fermentation, but balanced by fine acidity and subtle phenolics. The wine flows smoothly with good energy, leading to a long, creamy, nutty finish. This is a rich and succulent, lively Chardonnay with complex layers of citrus fruits, nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment and MLF flavours.” – raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
Hope Vineyard Chardonnay is made from the intensely-flavoured, high acid Mendoza clone grown in the Winery and Road Blocks, 9 and 18 years old respectively. These have been managed organically since 2008 and are fully BioGro certified. All fruit is hand harvested and whole bunch pressed to tank where it is very briefly settled before racking to French oak barriques. Indigenous (wild yeast) fermentation begins within 3-5 days and completes over a period of months, some barrels sooner. Yeast lees are stirred several time per month during the first winter. This vintage remained in barrel on full yeast lees for 16 months during which time malolactic fermentation completed.
The Mendoza clone provides this wine with excellent concentration and structure which has been modulated and enriched by the winemaking process. Typical of the Hope Chardonnay, this wine expresses ripe citrus fruit aromas and flavours. Malo character is not overt but softens acidity and contributes to palate richness. Lower impact oak is selected to support and harmonise with the fruit. There is a purity and vivacity which we are at pains to preserve throughout while at the same time building palate texture and complexity. At all times the goal is to allow the restrained elegance and energy of this wine to shine through.
“Pure, precise, creamy-textured chardonnay with grapefruit, citrus, white peach, subtle nutty yeast lees and spicy oak. The wine has lovely mouth-watering acidity and a lengthy finish.” – bobcampbell.co.nz