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Omaka Springs 2016 ‘Falveys’ Chardonnay

08 May,2017
Established in 1992, Omaka Springs is the Marlborough wine growing venture of Geoff and Robina Jensen who grew olive trees in Nelson beforehand. They have continued to grow olives in Marlborough. The Jensens have over 60 ha of vines in two sites, the home ‘Kennedys Road’ vineyard and the ‘Falveys Road’ site, growing Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot, Pinot Gris and Gruner Veltliner in the former, and Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah in the latter. The ’Falveys’ vineyard is also their rootstock nursery. The viticulture and winemaking is in experienced hands, with Richard Shepherd tending to the vineyards since 1994, and Ian Marchant as winemaker since 1986. Robust and traditional Marlborough wines are consistently made. Here I review the 2016 ‘Falveys Vineyard’ Chardonnay. www.omaka.co.nz

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Omaka Springs ‘Falveys Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough

18-/20
Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a fresh, full nose with harmoniously entwined aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with suggestions of herbs, unfolding aromatic nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment notes and lemon-curd MLF elements. Medium-bodied, the palate has restrained and gently mouthfilling flavours of white and yellow stonefruits melded with subtle notes of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, flinty lees detail and suggestions of lemon-curd MLF. The mouthfeel is fresh, with a rounded core and smooth textures, and the wine flows along a fine line with underlying acid vitality, carryting to a lingering stonefruited and nutty finish. This is a gently restrained, harmonious Chardonnay with stonefruiy, creamy and nutty oak, and some MLF detail on a rounded, fine-textured palate. Match with poultry and pork dished over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the ‘Falveys’ vineyard, barrel-fermented, 35% by indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new French oak, with 100% MLF. 400 cases made. 18.0-/20 May 2017 RRP $23.00
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