2011 John Forrest Collection Chardonnay - Wairau Valley


Fruit sourced from three of our vineyards, 45% clone 15 Brancott Valley crushed stone and older clay soil, 40% clone 95 from our Gibson Creek, stony alluvial soils and 15% Mendoza clone from a sandy Wairau Valley site; all with very low yields. This combination of Wairau Valley’s stony souls, together with Marlborough’s long ripening period enhance Chardonnay’s classic late summer -fruit flavours and fine natural acidity. Aromas of lemon, peach, oat biscuit, toffee apple , toasted almonds, freshly ground spice and subtle nutty oak lead to a rich, weighty palate balanced with a seamless acidity, ensuring longevity.

Analysis at Bottling: pH 3.5 | TA: 5.4g/l | Alcohol: 13% | Residual Sugar: 3.3g/l

Full tasting notes

Awards and Accolades

5 Stars – 95 Points  - Bob Campbell, Master of Wine

“Mellow, toasty Chardonnay with mineral, citrus, ginger nut biscuit and hazelnut flavours. Nicely structured with a silken texture and lengthy finish. Stylish wine with a distinctive character of its own.”

Pure Silver Medal  - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015