Chardonnay Marlborough New Zealand
Secret Stone has followed up its runaway success at Sauvignon Blanc with a sensational sequel of Marlborough Chardonnay. Quality of fruit is the key, Marlborough grows remarkably good white wine grapes, the Secret Stone team retain access to the best vineyards. A brisk vinification into a seamless post modern styling matches the excellence of fruit with maximum drinkability factor. The aperitif of choice and perfect with good food, pair it off with white pasta recipes, scallops or chicken over tossed papardelle, crème fraîche and dill.
It's not really such a big secret, all the success hinges on selection of grapes, chosen on the basis of varietal fruit characters and vibrant Marlborough regional expression. Parcels from several vineyards are included, each trained to vertical shoot positioning and planted to naturally inhibiting soil structures, achieving harvests of intense, low yield crops. Various winemaking techniques are employed, each contribution is treated and attenuated individually to create a more complex and dynamic wine. These included the use of both selected and natural yeast strains, a mixture of tank and French oak maturation along with a component of partial malolactic ferments.
Light lemon yellow straw green hues. The nose finds buttery, sweaty oak underlined by tropical and citrus fruits. The rich and satisfying elements of melon and mineral are impeccably integrated with smart oak, gooseberries, grapefruit, banana and apple flavours. The finish is lingering and clean, elegant and immensely satisfying.