Abel Tasman Chardonnay
The 2019 vintage is our second release and we were fortunate to get some of that fabulous Nelson sunshine during the vintage so we're super excited about the wine!
Our winemaking philosophy is simple. Hand-picked fruit from the clay soils of the Nelson foothills is gently pressed to French oak cuves. Fermentation starts and finishes of it's own accord, the wine spends around a year on lees, typically completing malo-lactic fermentation when the warmer weather returns in spring.
Bottling happens the year after vintage and we release our Chardonnay when it's drinking best.
We're currently working with neighbouring vineyards in the Tasman region to source our Chardonnay fruit and that is why we've called our first wine "Tasman".
Spring 2019 marked the planting of our first block of Chardonnay on our very own property in the beautiful Upper Moutere valley. In time, this is intended to provide the fruit for our second Chardonnay...but like us you'll have to wait!
"New Zealand Chardonnay, the white wine I have long thought was New Zealand's real strength". Jancis Robinson
Tasting Notes - Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier: "Complex, flinty, fresh wood spice and ripe white orchard fruits laced with grapefruit, lees residue scents and a vibrant youthful, lactic new yoghurt appeal. On the palate - delicious, fresh, highly textured and dry. Flavours of citrus then tree fruit followed by white stone fruit. A grapefruit flesh and pith attribute is strong leads the core flavour and into a lengthy finish. Youthful and quite delicious, a lengthy finish. Well made. Great drinking from January 2021 through 2025." 94 points. Excellent. 2019 Vintage. 13% vol. https://www.camdouglasms.com/reviews/2020/8/5/abel-tasman-chardonnay-2019-nelson?rq=abel