Chardonnay ... the white grape of Burgundy.

Woodhaven Vineyard Chardonnay

Our Chardonnay was first produced in 2010.

The Woodhaven 2010 vintage was the first release from a small planting of just 360 vines of 'P58' clone in 2002. In 2012 we added our first picking of clone 'I10V1'. In 2015, we incorporated our 2009 planting of clones '96' and '124' to add a further layer of flavour to the wine.

We aim for an elegant wine of finesse and the simple expression of the fruit.   Our wine-making approach is to bring out the character of our fruit and rely on bottle age to bring complexity.  

The cool climate ensures slow ripening of the berries and we usually pick in late March or April.  The natural yeasts on the berries are used to ferment the wine to contribute a unique character.  

We pick the berries when they are fully ripe and make the wine in our own onsite winery.  The grape bunches are de-stemmed and crushed, and left on skins for 6 to 7 hours before gentle pressing.  After settling, the must is transferred to barrel to ferment using their indigenous yeasts.   

The wine completes primary ferment and full malolactic fermentation in a mix of new and used oak to mature on lees for 15 months.  The oak used is Sirugue barriques of tight grain, light toast french oak from the Vosge forest.  The wine is lightly fined and not filtered.  

The Chardonnay is a full golden colour and shows citrus and white peach aromas, fine tannin structure and length.