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Halliday Marlborough 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

01 September,2017
Ben and Lisa Halliday operate Halliday Family Estates, based on a 22 ha vineyard on Dog Point Road in Marlborough. The vineyard which they purchased in 2014 is a well-known and respected site for quality fruit and is known as the ‘Lone Gum’ vineyard, named after a 100 y. o. tree on the site. The vineyard has been the source for Saint Clair, who still take fruit from it. The vineyard is planted mainly to Sauvignon Blanc along with Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir. The Hallidays made their own wine, a Pinot Noir, immediately with the 2015 vintage. With 2016, they have a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their contracted winemaker is Nicky Parish. Here, I review the 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


Halliday Family Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hue and some depth. The nose is softly fresh with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits, and subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes, unfolding a little lemon-curd MLF. The aromatics show a gentle depth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fresh and elegant, slender in presentation with moderately deep flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits, along with subtle creamy and nutty oak notes. The mouthfeel is lively and bright with fresh acidity and the wine flows with good linearity along a fine-textured phenolic thread leading to a lingering finish of citrus fruit, lemon-curd MLF notes and nutty oak. This is a bright and fresh Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrus flavours and subtle notes of nutty oak and MLF. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Lone Gum’ vineyard, 40% fermented in 50% new French oak to 13.1% alc., the wine 9 months on lees undergoing batonnage and partial MLF. 17.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.95

Halliday Family Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

Moderately deep ruby-red colour with good heart, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and bright with ripe fruit aromas of dark red cherry and berry fruit harmoniously melded with a subtle layer of dark herbs, unfolding some aromatic oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and sweet, juicy flavours of dark cherries and berries, with subtle notes of dark herbs, revealing red florals and sweet oak. The fruit richness is underlined by light, supple grainy tannin extraction, with balanced, fresh acidity. The fruit flavours carry with good drive to a lingering, sweet, cherry-berry finish. This is a fresh, bright, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with cherry and berry flavours along with herb nuances and aromatic oak on a lightly structured palate. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Lone Gum’ vineyard destemmed and fermented to 14.3% alc., the wine aged approx. 10 month in 30% new French oak barriques. 17.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $25.95
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