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Trinity Hill
Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

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Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

Hawkes Bay
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100% Chardonnay (Clones 15, 95 and Mendoza)

2012 was a very cool and late season in Hawkes Bay. Vintagefor Chardonnay began in mid-March. The cooler season meant the fruit washarvested with beautiful natural acidity and freshness. Moderate sugar levelsresult in subsequently lower alcohol levels than many other seasons. This is atrend that will ideally be continued in the future to enhance drinkability andfruit freshness.  Fruit from the various sites was harvested separately then gently pressedwithout crushing or de-stemming. This discourages phenolic pickup andhelps to improve the texture and aging ability of the wine. The winemakingincludes a percentage of indigenous fermentation and aging in French oakbarrels. The balance is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Malolacticfermentation was allowed to proceed for a large percentage of the blend,helping to soften the acidity and make the palate more rich and complex.

Tasting Note
Typically fresh aromatics of quality Hawkes Bay Chardonnay areevident including citrus, white flowers and stone fruit. These arecomplemented on the palate by a creamy richness from aging on lees. Roasthazelnut, almond and hints of gunflint result from the indigenous fermentationin barrel.

Serving Suggestion
Hawkes Bay Chardonnay dispalys delicacy but richness and it is fantastic match with many dishes. Think rich seafood or creamy roast chicken.

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