Valhalla Chardonnay 2013
HARVEST DATE: 28/02/13 – 12/03/13; 100% hand-harvested
BRIX @ HARVEST: 23.9-25.9
BARREL: 15% New French Oak Puncheons; 5% New French Acacia Wood Puncheons; 80% Seasoned Oak Puncheons
R.S: >1 g/L
REGION: Waiheke Island
VINEYARDS: Bitch; Root Rake; Gorse Lane Way; Pohutakawa; South II; Sheila’s; Red Dump; Lil Beast
Rated as Waiheke’s finest vintage to date, the 2013 vintage delivered fruit of exceptional quality, and the fruit for our Valhalla Chardonnay was no exception. Our Chardonnay fruit is sourced from two distinctly different terroirs; vineyards located on the mid slope of our steep hillsides which are predominantly rich clay based soils, and vineyards from our cooler elevated sites with light volcanic deposits in the soil.
Hand harvested fruit was either gently foot stomped before pressing or whole bunch pressed directly to barrel for an un-inoculated ‘wild’ fermentation in 500 litre acacia or oak puncheons. The wine was then left to evolve over the winter without disturbance of the lees before blending in the new year into tank with fine lees and held for a further 6 months before bottling.
The 2013 Valhalla Chardonnay is typical of our style; bold flavours and aromas with complex savoury notes introducing tropical fruits, stone fruit, and hazelnut with toasty/smoky barrel characters. The palate is all about elegance and discreet power with a rich texture framed by vibrant acidity, oak and bold fruit.
The shining and golden hall in Norse Mythology where the souls of fallen Viking warriors chosen by Odin feasted with the gods, the name Valhalla is conferred upon our finest barrels of Chardonnay selected each vintage by our winemaker.