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Chardonnay 2016

Requested and long-awaited first ever Quartz Reef Chardonnay:

Vibrant aromas of tropical fruits with a hint of lime. Creamy and textural with delicate oak integration and soft acidity.


Biodynamic Demeter certified Bendigo Estate vineyard; planted in 1998, with a vine density of 5,000 plants per hectare. The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga fine sandy loam and Letts steepland with an elevation from 217 – 264 metres, on 44.55° south.


Spring was cool and led into a very dry September and a warm dry October. November mornings presented some frost conditions however the days became warm and stayed dry. Summer developed into another warm dry season with December and January continuing this theme. In February the rainfall was well below normal. Overall a great summer yielding small, flavour packed berries with great colour.


Hand-picked in ideal condition and ripeness on the 30th March 2016. Whole bunch pressed, minimum settling followed by natural fermentation in French oak and aged on lees for 12 months. Bottled on the 5th April 2017.


pH: 3.27, TA: 5.7g/l, Alcohol: 13.0%, RS: 2.2g/l

Ageing 3 – 5 years.

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