New Zealand is not a prodigious producer of wine (less than 1% of the worlds output) but has a very wide range. The country's first success was with Sauvignon Blanc in 1977 but the nature of New Zealand allows it to grow Bordeaux-style blends and Syrah, in Hawke's Bay and the north to the Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes grown in the south. The maritime climate of the whole country moderates hot summers and keeps the winters mild. The generally cool nights mean that the grapes have more acidity than would other wise be the case. Four-fifths of New Zealand wines are made by small producers spread over the country.
All the fruit for this wine was grown in Marlboroughs Southern Valleys and primarily sourced from the Yarrum Vineyard situated on the Brancott/Ben Morven ridge. The wind-blown loess soils are comprised of clay-loams with degrees of gravel. The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed and put into open top fermenters. The fruit was then allowed to soak on skins prior to the onset …
Mountford Estate is a boutique vineyard and winery, internationally renowned for making elegant and interesting wines. The stunning 21 year-old, 10 hectare vineyard is situated on the Eastern hillside of the Waipara Valley, which is highly regarded for the limestone rich soil. They create wines of character and quality through a policy of watchful, non-interventionist winemaking. A combination of new and traditional techniques and technology are used. Mountford Estate has transitioned to using native yeasts, low sulphur and continue with a no fining or filtration policy where possible.
The 2014 Chardonnnay has rich, peachy aromas and light toast, with an impressive body and depth. Rich and complex, nutty and minerally. It has bold fruit, and is well-balanced with good acidity.
A rare treat for lovers of high quality Chardonnay made with a nod to the Burgundian style.
Established in 1991, Mountford Estate is now owned by Takahiro Koyama, who was once a university student studying viticulture and working part time at the vineyard. The Estate produces wines with character and quality by adopting a combination of old and modern techniques. The Liaison Pinot Noir is a fantastic wine, with just the right amount of tannins combined with flavours of dark fruits, spice and a hint of smoke. The finish is full and lengthy.