Deliverance Chardonnay 2020 (Waipara, New Zealand) "...citrus, stonefruit, spice..."
North Canterbury grows some of New Zealand’s most coveted wine grapes. They sourced the Pinot Noir grapes from two North Canterbury vineyards. These were predominantly from Dijon clones, vines are spur-pruned and carefully managed to allow dappled light into the fruit zone, which assists with retention of natural acid and delicate aromatics.
The fruit was ripe and flavoursome with thicker than usual skins in this 2019 vintage, due to the dry seasonal conditions. They therefore handled the fruit very gently to extract in a subtle way. The fruit was wild fermented in open top vats and allowed about one month macerating, before they slowly pressed the new wine to French oak barrels. The wine matured for 9 months in barrels, going through natural MLF over the warmer months, before they blended ready for bottling.
"Golden yellow in the glass, this Waipara Chardonnay is full-bodied and intensely flavoured. It has an elegant bouquet of oak spice, fruit aromas of citrus and stone fruit and subtle lees influence. Dry on the palate with textures of spice and acidity, oak and fruit concentration." - Winery Notes
"Pale yellow to yellow in colour. Leesy qualities on the nose along with butterscotch and apricots. More stonefruit on the palate and a subtle cashew nuttiness. A soft citrus undercurrent develops as the wine opens up as well as more toffee/caramel notes. A weighty, full flavoured chardonnay." - Erez Gordon, Carboot Wines