With the strongest El Nino pattern since the late 1990s being the dominant weather prediction for vintage 2016, the relative cool start to spring and the subsequent growing season was somewhat surprising. By mid-October, however, things began to look more typical as temperatures increased and the relative dryness so typical of El Nino began to manifest. The weather during flowering was warm and settled, leading to one of the most rapid and complete fruit sets seen in recent years. The early part of 2016 bought much needed rain to Marlborough, refreshing canopies and replenishing dams. The key ripening months of February and March were warm with above average sunshine hours setting the trend for a warm and largely
Tropical tinged, yellow citrus fruit flavours underpinned by a subtle seam of lifted spicy oak
and the smooth creaminess that develops from the malo-lactic conversion.
The debut release of The Ned Chardonnay delivers a bold, richly flavoured experience packed full of ripe, fleshy chardonnay fruit flavours and warm spicy oak all enveloped in a roasted nut and nougat creaminess.
How about trying this inaugural release of The Ned Chardonnay alongside a simple, yet richly flavoured butternut squash and sage tagliatelle.
Up to 5 years.