Tuesday, 23 August 2011

TN : Akarua Chardonnay 2009, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand

All the grapes for this wine come from the Akarua Estate vineyard. The vineyard aspect is North to North-West. The vines are planted to an East-West orientation. The vineyard soils are weakly structured light alluvial soils from schist rock on old glacial terraces. The vines are 14 years old and the trellis system used is a 2 cane VSP canopy. The Chardonnay clone planted is the Kawarau clone 6.

All of the grapes were picked on the 8th April 2009. The growing conditions were cool with 950-980 GDD with early autumn frosts (September 2008 - April 2009). There was less than 320 mililitres of rain during the growing season.

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the temperature during alcoholic fermentation was kept below twenty degrees. The Viticulturalist was Gillian Wilson and the Winemaker was Matt Connell. The Brix at harvest was 23, the Residual Sugar is 3 grammes per litre, the Titratable Acidity is 7.6, and the pH is 3.25. The wine underwent maturing in oak of which 15% was new. The finished wine was sealed with a screwcap.

This wine was imported by Domaine Wines & Spirits

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Buttered sweetcorn, pineapple, oak

Taste : Pineapple, sweetcorn, zingy lemon and lime intense citrus fruit, butter

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 159 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Akarua

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