Bumblebee Chardonnay (6pk)
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Winemaking: Fruit is harvested during the early morning hours to retain freshness and partially whole bunch pressed. A fast and precise vinification in stainless steel with minimal oxygen contact maximises fruit expression and aromatics. A cool fermentation (15 to 18 degrees) is undertaken in stainless steel tanks before maturation on lees in used French oak for four months.
2023 Vintage: Spring was cooler than usual and with more rain events bringing soil moisture levels up. Summer likewise was cool yet with enough sunny days to enable beautiful albeit slower ripening. This made for a later vintage than prior years, but the resultant fruit quality is very, very good.
Tasting Note: The nose displays fresh and fruit-driven aromas of citrus and nectarine with subtle toasty notes. The palate is fruit-driven and elegant with excellent purity. Stone-fruits and citrus flavours build to a pleasingly round mouthfeel before being carried to a dry finish by clean acidity. A very well-balanced and attractive Chardonnay that will be a versatile companion to a wide range of seafood and white meats.