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VillaMaria SV IhumataoVineyard Auckland Chardonnay NV

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Ihumātao Chardonnay

The Ihumātao Vineyard is located in a wind protected volcanic basin on the edge of the Manukau harbour. Free draining soils and a unique soil profile lead to the production of a very distinctive Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes

This wine displays bright lemon and straw hues in the glass. The nose offers a complex array of aromas including white peach, apple blossom and yellow citrus notes. A textured, layered palate unfolds revealing further complexity, mealy notes and lovely linear acidity with a long elegant finish.

Download full tasting notes: 20202019

Vineyards and Winemaking

The Ihumatao Vineyard is located within a wind-protected volcanic basin on the edge of the Manukau Harbour in South Auckland. This ancient crater is estimated to be between 30-40,000 years old. Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) trellising with 2 cane pruning was employed which resulted in low yielding vines. Free draining soils and a unique soil profile lead to the production of a distinctive Chardonnay.

Soils And Viticulture

Settled weather conditions late in 2019 provided an optimum environment for flowering and even fruit set. The important ripening months of February and March were warm and dry, perfect conditions for berry flavour development and harvest

Combining power and grace, this stunning chardonnay shows white flesh nectarine, vanilla, spicy oak and golden pastry notes with a hint of lemon zest. The concentrated palate delivers outstanding depth and multi-layered mouthfeel together with creamy texture and juicy acidity, making it hugely appealing. 97 Points

Sam Kim Wine Orbit


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