Chardonnay Marlborough Wairau New Zealand
The Wither Hills Rarangi, Benmorven and St Leonards Chardonnay vineyards, along with the eminent Fairleigh and Kerseley properties, are strategically sited on some of the most opportune sites around Wairau Valley. Night time temperatures can be cool, which is ideal for flavour development. The aim is to produce a structured wine with mouthfilling flavours, distinctively Marlborough, expressing the region's charm. Barrel fermented and matured in French oak, drinking well on release, Wither Hills will reward all devotees of fine New Zealand Chardonnay.
Each vineyard is harvested at optimum flavour profile and kept separate throughout the winemaking process, to ensure vineyard integrity remains intact and to provide the greatest possible expression of site. Grapes are gently pressed and ambiently settled overnight. Juices are racked to a selection of 225 and 300 litre French oak barriques for inoculation with select and feral strains of yeast. Batches are treated to a regimen of lees stirring, aimed at developing texture and complexity, followed by a repose of ten months. Parcels are racked and assembled, fined, filtered and bottled to capture the remarkable mineral fruit weight and structure of Marlborough Chardonnay.
Bright lemon hues. Refined, elegant and restrained with the benchmark Wither Hills profile of white peaches and lime. Grapefruit pith and flint to the palate, sorbet notes interlaced by fine grained French oak, nutmeg and toasted cashew. All this is bound up with the natural fruit structure, seamless acidity and poise of the Mendoza clone along with the exquisite texture and fine minerality of Rarangi fruit.