Valli - 'Waitaki' Chardonnay 2018

Notes on the 2018 Vintage:

'The 2018 growing season was unusually warm and settled in the Waitaki resulting in a very early harvest. This wine is more textural and tropical than the previous vintages, yet it retains that classic “limey” acidity that we see in all our Waitaki wines. It has aromas of lemon curd, lime, pineapple, and baked biscuits with a hint of nutmeg. On the palate there is a beautiful balance of texture from fermentation on full solids with lees stirring that is complemented by great length derived from the limestone-centric soils. Made in tiny quantities, this is a young wine that unfolds in the glass and will continue to develop elegantly.'

Few words from Grant Taylor: 

'The 3 vintages produced so far show wide variation. The 2015 was taut with an austere, energetic minerality and the 2017 was almost the opposite: pure density and concentration. The 2018 is in a different direction again: it is the beautiful but shy little sister, the one to enjoy watching as it develops and become more confident with the passing of time. There is though, still a common thread which is the Waitaki’s cool climate and limestone-based fingerprint: vibrant acidity and wines that are all about length with layers of flavour.'

Alcohol: 13%

12 months (22% new) french oak

Soil: limestone-based soil

Only 240 bottles available at Kinross and 2,400 produced.

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