A deep buttery nose with hints of candied apple gives an immediate sense to the subtle layers of depth and power. Soft esters of butterscotch, honey, and lightly caramelised peach meld harmoniously upwards. The wine is clean, linear and focused. Initial palate entry starts deep with rich flavours of toasty oak combined with roasted peach and the freshness of sliced nectarine. Trajectory across the palate is lengthy showcasing the seamless integration between fruit and oak that has become a hallmark across vintages. The precision continues to a point deep on the back palate, where the finish is long, smooth and intoxicating. This is serious Chardonnay suited to exquisite refined taste.
Citrus marinated ceviche; roasted pork belly with marinated apple slices, prunes, currants and candied walnuts served over kumara and parsnip mash; shellfish steamed in white wine with garlic butter; lightly pan-fried fish, salt and pepper with a twist of lemon; confit duck leg with aged cheddar risotto; roasted chicken with broccolini, baby carrots and new season baby potatoes in a creamy white wine and garlic reduced sauce with the odd splash of truffle oil.