Petane Sfumato Chardonnay 2020
Californian in style, a big bold textural wine full bodied, with concentrated complex flavours of peacherine, caramelised fig and citrus notes, supported by aromas of white flowers, baked apple pie and roasted hazelnut.
Yvonne Lorkin Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Twenty twenty was the perfect vintage to grow Chardonnay grapes; hot and dry right throughout the season, tempered by our ever-reliable pacific afternoon sea breeze. This cooling airflow brings the evening temperatures down, slowing ripening and retaining those delicate acids that give us our unique Hawke's Bay Chardonnay style.
The grapes for this wine were selectively handpicked from a small number of vines then whole bunch pressed straight to new French oak puncheons (60%) and seasoned barrels. The wine underwent indigenous fermentation with occasional barrel stirring to keep the lees in suspension and enhance the yeasty flavours. A natural malolactic fermentation followed, beautifully softening the wine by converting some of the malic (citrus) to lactic acids.
PICKING DATE: 23 March 2020
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.0
BOTTLING: 11 March 2021