A wonderfully done, excellent value Chardonnay. Classic and enduring quality. Great now but could develop nicely with 2-3 years well-cellared.
Whole Bunch pressed chardonnay allowed to settle in tank overnight. It's then fermented in old 500L puncheon oak barrels for 9 months. It's then racked and returned to tank for 2 months pre-bottling. Unfined, unfiltered with minimal sulphur added at bottling.
Really lovely fresh nose of jasmine, nectarine, fresh crushed/chopped apple, lemon ptih and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied with similar notes to the nose with the addition of some fresh herb and almond. Nice soft (med) acidity.
Remember those friendly kiwis (a.k.a New Zealanders) you met on holiday? They were smiley and charming. Always open hearted and cheerful. This is them. Bottled. By Kiwi couple Rob and Kate Burley.
After traversing the wine world making and selling (and probably drinking) wine. Rob and Kate settled in Nelson, at the far north of South Island, New Zealand. Nelson is known for it's sunny and relatively dry climate with cool minimum temperatures driving acitdity and flavour developement in the wines. Rob previously worked and released wine under the same name/label in Australia while working for Australian winemaking legends (which we have) Patrick Sullivan and Bill Downie. But in 2019 they managed to get 5 ha under a long-term lease and started making/releasing wine under the Unkel label from their own paddock and winery.
They farm organically and are awaiting certification. They work primarily with Pinot Noir, Pinot gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and of course a bit of Sauv Blanc.
These are early days for Unkel. The wines are likewise youthful and exciting but by no means immature. They are ready to drink and easy to appreciate. But we are excited to see where this journey goes. We think it will be great. Get on board now.