2022 Novum Chardonnay
From a family who have been managing vineyards in Marlborough since the 1970's, after a significant stint at Fromm winery, ending as General Manager, Will Hoare and his wife Rachel decided to venture out on their own to produce wine from the incredible vineyards they had access to. For this wine fruit was sourced from a block in the central Wairau plains of Marlborough planted entirely with the Mendoza clone around the mid 1980’s. Originally a riverbed, this block is naturally warm during the day, as well as at night, thanks to the radiating effect of the exposed greywacke rock lying beneath the vines. The rock radiates heat up into the canopy, making this vineyard an ideal site for ripening Chardonnay.
A sublime, world class Marlborough Chardonnay.
Fermented with wild yeast in 10% new oak followed by 13 months maturation on full lees that is stirred each month. Brilliant pale straw colour with straw coloured edges and a watery hue. Showing superb intensity captivating aromas of white peach, cashew and honeycomb greet the nostrils with biscuity nougat, citrus, hints of crème brulee and spice lending further complexity. Rich, mouthfilling and opulent, peach, honeycomb, ripe nectarine and cashew flavours engulf every corner of the palate and are complimented by crème brulee, biscuity nougat and spice characters. Finishes with a citrusy freshness which counterpoints an almost creamy like texture. Boasting superb concentration and power it shows Burgundian like sophistication and refinement, concluding long and enveloping.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.