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Chardonnay 2018

Neck of the Woods:
Dartmoor, Hawkes Bay.

2018 Vintage produced a green/gold wine with generous mouthfeel…

Parcels of fruit were hand-picked and brought into the winery as they became both flavour and phenologically ripe. Whole bunches were loaded into the press and the juice gently extracted over three hours. The juice was briefly settled in tank for 12 hours, before then being run to barrel for fermentation.

All barrels were French oak — of which around 25% were new. Both alcohol and malic fermentations were completed over a period of six months, followed by further integration and maturation in barrel for five months.


Dartmoor, Hawkes Bay.

  • Climate: Maritime

  • Clones: Mendoza, 15, 95
  • Soils: Limestone silts combined with river gravels
  • Harvest Analysis: 21.5-22.5 brix, 3.52 pH, 6.50 gL/TA
  • Oak Percentages: 25% new
  • Coopers Used: Francois Freres, D & J
  • Time in Barrel: 11 Months
  • Fermentation: 100% Barrel

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    Tasting Notes

    A graceful melody of rockmelon & peach with creamy nutty hazelnut notesbrought to focus with an opulent and juicy citrus finish. As a wine we feel this vintage is showing splendidly considering its youth. It is drinking well now and will continue to evolve as it ages.

    Sir Joseph Banks Celebrity Naturalist, Charismatic, Explorer, Player

    We’re inspired by pioneers. By those who aren’t afraid to take risks and do things differently. Who stay true to what they believe. And we dedicate every one of our vintages to a groundbreaking, rule-defying character that followed their passion and forged their own path.

    We don’t talk about Banks much anymore. But back in the day, he was a rockstar in his field. The poster boy of plants. The Boss of Botany.

    As it turns out, Banks had a taste for the exotic and was very, very thorough in his exploration down under. His natural charm and curiosity made him popular with the locals. And soon enough his studies of plants gave way to intimate studies of the people. But he still found the time to discover more than 300 species of flora and fauna, and after seeing locals ride the ocean waves with wooden boards, he introduced the concept of surfing to Europe. Our Chardonnay is a tribute to this rock star naturalist. His passion for discovery drives us to push boundaries, experiment and never settle.