Te Whau Chardonnay

Te Whau Chardonnay

Our Chardonnay has been described by the world’s greatest wine writer, Hugh Johnson OBE, as “Burgundian… intense, finely structured… modelled on a [Grand Cru] Corton-Charlemagne.”

50 cases per annum.

On the valley-floor below our steep north-facing vineyard slope we grow three clones of Chardonnay. The fruit is hand-harvested, and the grapes are foot-trodden in the traditional manner. The wine is fermented in top-quality French oak, lees-stirred and bottled after 10 months under cork.

Michael Cooper rates the wine as a New Zealand Classic – “sweet, ripe fruit characters,  notable complexity and a long poised finish.” Hugh Johnson OBE, perhaps the world’s greatest wine critic, likened the wine to a Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne “Burgundian .. intense .. finely structured” We agree!