Stronsay Shanagolden Chardonnay 2021 – First Vintage
There are many single sub-regional Pinot Noir in Central Otago, but not many single sub-regional Chardonnay, especially from Gibbston.
Last week, I met this lovely couple Sherry & Q when they launched their first release of Stronsay Shanagolden Chardonnay 2021 at the Waitiri Creek Church, now Cargo Cellar Door Waitiki Creek. The couple acquired the Waitiri Creek Vineyard and Church 4 years ago, taking on the challenge to revive the 1.9 hectares of Chardonnay vines planted on alluvial soils in 1994. From zero farming background, the couple went hands-on and managed the vineyard themselves, from pruning, bud rubbing, leaf plucking to harvesting. They turned to the local Gibbston community for advice and a hand to harvest. Winemaker Jen Parr presented the wine on the evening, comparing "It takes a village to raise a child" to "nurturing a vineyard as new parents", which in this case is well true indeed. The community enjoyed their labour of love that evening with a big smile on their faces.
This Chardonnay has a hint of oak and a bit of barrel-fermentation funkiness, creamy and upfront-fruit with lots of ripe fruit flavour, which I wasn't expecting. I look forward to seeing the next vintage and observing the characteristic of this single-vineyard Chardonnay.
This Chardonnay is available at Cargo Cellar Door Waitiri Creek and online at: [email protected].
Read the full review below.
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Stronsay Shanagolden Chardonnay 2021, Central OtagoChardonnay from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 31-May-2022Bright, even, pale yellow. This has a moderately intense barrel fermentation and oak influence on the bouquet, aromas of flint, roasted almond and toast underlying lemon sherbet, pear and creamy custard. Medium-full bodied, lemon interweaves pear, grapefruit and its peels entwined with toast, roasted nut, smoke flint and spice. The fruit is concentrated with ripeness, and underlined acid tension drives a focus. Fine-textured phenolics alongside well-portioned creaminess glide through the palate with ease. This elegant Chardonnay shows forward, concentrated fruit, with toasty layers and power on a smooth mouthfeel. Match with grilled kingfish and pork cheek croquettes over the next 5 years. 100% Gibbston fruit from a single vineyard with 28-year-old vine age, fermented in neutral oak barriques to 13.6% alc, underwent MLF. 18+/20 pts (91 pts) May 2022 RRP $49