Matakana Estate - Reserve Chardonnay - 750ml
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Matakana Estate has been at the forefront of local winemaking since this premium, boutique wine region was first developed some 30 years ago. Like many respected New Zealand wineries, Matakana Estate was established by descendants of Croatian migrants who settled in and around Auckland more than 100 years ago. From the very beginning, the winery established itself as a producer of top quality wines, attracting attention and plaudits worldwide, and winning a number of awards in international wine competitions. We are situated in the heart of Matakana, a hidden gem of a wine region, which lies between rolling green hills and beautiful sandy beaches less than an hours drive north of Auckland. Rich in culture, the area attracts many visitors to enjoy its fine wines, local foods, busy markets, and art and craft galleries. Our philosophy has always been to capture the essence of New Zealands finest grape varieties from the regions where they grow best, so as well as making wines from our own substantial Matakana vineyards, we seek out limited amounts of premium grapes from selected wine regions further afield to make the very best wines we can. The Matakana regions warm northern summers and temperate maritime climate allow us to harvest fruit that is very ripe with intense fruit flavours - ideal for developing a full-bodied, fruit-driven, complex Chardonnay. The vines are cultivated by hand and, to maximise fruit flavours, given the gentlest handling, with whole-bunch pressing and slow, cool barrique-fermentation. Thirty per cent of the wine undergoes a malolactic fermentation to add further complexity. The wine is barrel-matured on yeast lees for 9 months, predominantly in new French oak barriques. This is an elegant wine with a graceful, golden hue. It beckons with a full aroma of ripe golden peach and rock melon, and charms with subtle hints of caramel and toasty oak. Luscious ripe flavours of sweet fig, grapefruit and melon follow on a silky smooth palate topped with an indulgent buttery creaminess. Distinctive and well-integrated oak adds a toasty complexity, and a long, seamless finish completes the experience. This refined and complex wine is particularly memorable with indulgent dishes such as avocado and pistachio-crusted snapper with a rich lemon beurre blanc, or handmade tortellini filled with prosciutto, mozzarella, parmesan and chicken in a creamy sauce.