2018 Meltwater Chardonnay
Having spent the majority of their working years in and about Marlborough, Mike and Anna Paterson have no doubt regarding the potential of their adopted region, and were well placed to approach their first choice of vineyards. Indeed, Paterson’s selection of sites reflects both a winemaker’s enthusiasm for Marlborough’s Southern Valley hillside vineyards plus the dedication of certain grape growers whose vineyards he believes ‘act as a beacon of Marlborough individuality’. Not by accident do these growers focus on organic and/or biodynamic principles. In addition, Paterson’s artisanal approach in the winery does the necessary justice to each site; hand-harvesting and sorting, whole berry/cluster ferments, fermentation with indigenous yeast, no fining nor filtration and zero new wood, with the wines raised in 2-4 year old barrels.
|Wine||This is absolutely outstanding and superb value. The fruit was sourced from a sustainably farmed, grower vineyard in the Omaka sub-region of Marlborough. Hand-harvested into small bins and then whole bunch pressed. Indigenous yeast fermentation; 75% went into two-three year old French oak barrels and the balance to a stainless steel barrel. Full malolactic fermentation. Aged on lees for six-eight months without stirring. Racked to tank in December 2018 and allowed to settle prior to bottling, unfined and unfiltered, in February 2019.|
Ripe pears, fresh peach and oatmeal while the palate is taught and chalky with nectarine, pear and iodine notes and a driven freshness. Unmistakably Marlborough for its cleansing hit of salty goodness, this is harmonious, balanced and dry. Like we said, outstanding value and a wine that again breaks the mould.
|Tasting Note||Pear - Stone fruits - Dry|