Tropical – Hazelnut – Pink Grapefruit
The exceptional 2014 vintage delivered fruit of outstanding quality, and the fruit for the Valhalla Chardonnay was no exception. Man’O’War Chardonnay fruit is sourced from two distinctly different terroirs; vineyards located on the mid slope of our steep hillsides which are predominantly rich clay based soils and vineyards from our cooler elevated sites with light volcanic deposits in the soil. Hand harvested fruit is either gently foot stomped before pressing or whole bunch pressed directly to barrel for an un-inoculated ‘wild’ fermentation in 500 litre acacia (5%) or french oak puncheons. The wines are then left to evolve over the winter without disturbance of the lees before blending in the New Year into tank with fine lees and held for a further 6 months before bottling. Bottled at 14.5% ABV.