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The Waipara Valley is known for its aromatic wines like Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Pinot Gris, just to name a few. While not officially an ‘aromat’, Chardonnay also does well here and the 2020 from Francesca Bay is a great example. Its well-rounded, with easy acidity, ripe stone fruit and a hint of oak on the finish. It’s a great way to start a meal, or to have alongside freshly caught fish with homemade beurre blanc this summer! Drink now.
A lightly oak influenced Chardonnay with a smooth mouthfeel and rounded fruit flavours.
Winemaker's notes "Grapes were gently added to the press, separating skins and juice then went straight into oak barrels. Each barrel was individually fermented then allowed to age on the fermentation lees with weekly batonage (mixing)."
17/20, Wine Central Tasting Panel
Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, New Zealand
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