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Santa half case (6 btls)
1x Maria Rose ‘21
1x Sur Lie Pinot Gris ‘21
1x Closeburn Chardonnay ‘19
1x River Run Pinot Noir ‘20
1x Mata Au Pinot Noir ‘19
1x Tiger Single Vineyard Pinot Noir ‘19
$219 (normally $242)
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Special Library Release (3 btls)
1x Finla Mor Pinot Noir ’14
1x Tiger Single Vineyard Pinot Noir ‘08
1x Viper Single Vineyard Pinot Noir ‘08
$248 (normally $269)
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Santa case (12 btls)
2x Maria Rose ‘21
2x Sur Lie Pinot Gris ‘21
2x Closeburn Chardonnay ‘19
2x River Run Pinot Noir ‘20
2x Finla Mor Pinot Noir ‘19
2x Mata Au Pinot Noir ‘19
$378 (normally $410)
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River Run Pinot Noir 2020
The aromas are deep and dense, with dark cherry fruit and dried herbs to the fore opening to a floral rose and black tea perfume. Sumptuous mouth filling red and black cherry flavours move into the herb and tea notes on a pleasantly persistent finish. The silky tannins and plush acid provide enough detail and push to keep things fresh and perfectly balanced.
River Run is our Central Otago regional Pinot Noir made from grapes grown in our vineyards in different sub-regions of Central Otago. The deep alpine valleys and waterways of Central Otago have carved the land available for grape growing into quite distinct sub-regions. Each pocket of land has its own unique climate and soil mix producing quite different styles of Pinot Noir. River Run captures the character of each of the sub-regions where our vineyards are planted. Lowburn gives us bright, fresh sweet fruit, Gibbston savory and herbal tones, and Parkburn brings good texture and mineral length.
Finla Mor Pinot Noir 2019
Aromas of Black Doris plums, dark cherry, mocha and roast form a rich bouquet while delicate spice notes waft around the edges. The cherry and mocha flavours continue onto a palate that reveals harmonious fruit and tannin balance delivering an engaging finish.
Finla Mor is grown on selected vineyards in the Cromwell basin. The vineyards are all planted on elevated terraces in the Lowburn and Parkburn areas. Each of the vineyards feature a mix of the alluvial schist based soils giving the wine its purity and minerality. Each vineyard is hand harvested and fermented in small lots.
Mata-Au Pinot Noir 2019
The bouquet is detailed and perfumed featuring fresh cherry fruit, wild flowers, black tea and Asian spice. The generous berry fruits are coated with layers of fine silky tannin creating an elegantly structured mid palate; while more complex floral and spice notes evolve on a powerful and sustained finish.
Our Mata-Au vineyards are located in the Lowburn and Parkburn areas of the Cromwell basin. The vineyards are planted on the terraces and alluvial schist based soils formed by the Mata-Au (Clutha) River (pronounced – martar-o). The unique combination of site, soil and mild continental climate produces perfumed wines with elegant texture, structure and mineral length. It is made from the best blocks in our best vineyards in the Lowburn/Parkburn sub-region. Mata-Au showcases the succulent red fruits and silky tannins that are the hallmarks of this sub-region, delivered in our elegant, textural and length driven style.
- The Tiger Vineyard 33% – Lowburn, Cromwell
- The Viper Vineyard 47% – Parkburn, Cromwell
- The Mason Vineyard 20% – Parkburn, Cromwell
the Tiger Pinot Noir 2019
The bouquet offers earthy notes of dried herbs and red berries mixed with a sweet floral and spicy perfume. The rich spiced red fruit flavours have an interesting stalky edge. The palate builds with nice layers of silky tannin which give an unctuous mouth feel, while a lick of sour cherry keeps everything in check and some nice focus on the finish.
the Tiger Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine made from grapes grown in our Tiger vineyard in the Lowburn sub-region. The vineyard is on sloping land up off the valley floor and this elevated cooler position allows the vineyard to ripen slowly, building layer upon layer of flavour nuance and soft silky tannins. The wines from this vineyard typically display spicy aromatic red berry fruits and violets. The palate is characterised by a broad structure and layers of fine integrated tannin and fruit which is more textural than structural. The Tiger is always quite shy and reticent in its youth and after 4- 5 years in bottle it really blossoms and expresses itself.
Viper Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
The bouquet has intense and complex aromatics featuring alternating bursts of blue fruits, woody herbs, sweet florals and black spice. The palate features lithe fruit and fine tannins that give great expansion, energy and freshness delivering a long flavourful finish. The finely balanced fruit and acid provides great precision and clarity to an elegant wine.
Viper Vineyard Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in the Grandstand Block of the Viper Vineyard in the Parkburn area on the western side of Lake Dunstan. The vineyard takes it name from the wildflower ”Vipers Bugloss” that covers the area. This vineyard sits on an undulating terrace above the valley floor. The soils are predominantly sandy loam over red clay cemented schist gravel. The terrace enjoys moderate temperatures and a long growing season. Ripening tends to be late into the season as the daytime temperatures are cooling. The cooler ripening tends to produce spicy wines with dark fruit flavours and density on the palate. The Viper is always made from the Grandstand block in the vineyard, and the wine always stands out as uniquely in the cellar as it does in the bottle.
mason vineyard pinot noir 2019
An enticing bouquet of exotic spice, dark cherry fruit and a lingering floral perfume. On the palate there is wonderful depth and backbone. The cherry and spice flavours are served on a plate of slate like notes that give the finish a delightful mineral intensity and tension.
The Mason Vineyard Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine grown on the Mason vineyard in the Parkburn sub-region of the Cromwell Basin. It is a unique and captivating site on a north facing frost free slope. The wine is predominately made up of a parcel of Abel clone Pinot Noir that grows on the steep north facing “O” block. We favour the grapes that grow there because of the underlying clay and pedogenic lime layers. The vines seem to struggle more than the rest of the block, and the fruit that is produced has smaller bunches and more intense flavours as a result. It is very spicy and the fruit is elegant and sinewy on the palate. We also pick at the same time a smaller amount of clone 777 & 667 grown on either side of the Abel. These clones give the wine good tannin structure and fruit weight.
the eliza pinot noir 2019
The Eliza Vineyard is on the edge of a picturesque terrace situated directly above the Kawarau River in Bannockburn. This single vineyard wine is made from a small 3 tonne parcel of Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115 that is its own unique block within the Eliza Vineyard. The terrace is formed predominately on alluvial schist soils, with a band of pedogenic lime at around 1 meter below the surface. This band of soil created lime is very distinct and large clumps of small schist pebbles encased in the chalky white substance can be seen in the edge of the terrace directly below the vines. The soil gives a mineral edge to both the bouquet and the wines acid, providing a nice foil to the rich fruit and plush tannins that are hallmarks of wines from this sub- region.
Exuberant dark cherry, plum fruits and spice combine with a mineral toned savouriness to make a complex bouquet. The ripe fruits provide pleasant density to the palate and there is a plushness to the structure which gives way to fine mineral energy that drives the flavour to a long finish.
Viper Riesling 2014 - limited to 2 bottles per order
Tiger Pinot Noir 2008 - limited to 3 bottles per order
Viper Pinot Noir 2008 - limited to 3 bottles per order
Closeburn Chardonnay 2019
Inviting floral aromas are supported with notes of citrus and white nectarine fruits. There is generous fruit weight on the palate, with delicious ripe citrus and nectarine flavours with a hint of herby interest and complexity. Very appealing and ultimately drinkable.
Closeburn is our un-oaked Chardonnay. The fruit is grown throughout the Central Otago region and exhibits the regions natural elegant fruit flavours and mineral complexity. The wine is fermented in tank to retain its bright fruit. It is then left to rest on its yeast lees to gain some doughy complexity and softness. This is a refreshing full-bodied wine, unencumbered by oak and superb with food.
Judge & Jury Chardonnay 2020
An enticing perfume of ripe yellow citrus fruits and white florals. More complex notes of spice and a hint of iodine linger in the background. Vibrant lemon méringue flavours and a creamy texture offer fresh richness and intensity in the mouth. Salt licked acid on the finish drives the flavours for miles.
The Judge & Jury chardonnay is grown on The Tiger and Viper Vineyards in the Lowburn and Parkburn regions of the Cromwell basin. A steep slope overlooking the Tiger vineyard in Lowburn produces the same aromatically spicy/floral profiles that we find in the Pinot Noir grown there, as well as similar persistence and very long lived flavours. While the Viper Vineyard in Parkburn grows intensely lemony and weighty Chardonnay, the palate length showing the rich mineral acid and saline notes typical of this vineyard.
We are keeping the crop load very low, and the wine is mostly fermented in tank while a small portion is made in barrel. The result is a wine that is tight, refreshingly pure and mineral driven, showcasing cool climate fruit where the oak is very much in the background. Best from 2021 on.
harvest: 25nth March 2020 in bottle:
Brix 22.6 pH – 3.47
pH 3.12 TA – 6.4g/L
TA 9.6g/L Alc. – 13.5%
Maria Rose 2021
Summer in a glass, dry Provençal style, crushed red berries over alpine flower & citrus sorbet.
Only available from the cellar door. Made from a small parcel of Chard Farm's pinot noir grapes, left on skins for only 7 hours while in the press to create this dry, slightly blushed rosé.
Pinot Gris 2021
Floral and pear aromas with fig and date dried fruits leading to nice nutty notes in the background. The fresh pear and floral flavours highlight a lively and textured mid palate, before a dry saline tone brings back the nutty flavours for a long palate.
Our Pinot Gris is made from fruit grown on our Tiger and Sinclair vineyards in the Parkburn area of Cromwell. All the grapes are hand harvested and fermented in small lots in stainless steel tanks helping to retain fruit purity and finesse. The wine is full, dry and textural, it displays excellent fruit structure, intensity and mineral length.
harvest: in bottle:
Date: 15th & 30th April 2019 pH: 3.50
Brix: 22.1, 22.8 TA: 5.1g/L
pH: 3.31, 3.35 Alc: 14%
TA: 5.5, 6g/L
An alluring floral perfume of lavender, orange blossom and ripe lemon overlays a complex layer of spice and mineral notes. On the palate the generous fruit weight and texture carry the yellow lemon fruit and mineral laden flavours to a refreshingly dry finish.
Our Riesling is grown on the Arena Block in the Viper Vineyard at Parkburn. The Arena block is planted on a very steep north to north-west facing slope. The north facing part of the slope tends to ripen earlier and is picked for the Vipers Riesling. The north-west face is left to ripen for a longer period and is picked for this drier Chard Farm Riesling. The longer ripening period allows us to pick grapes with lower acid and riper flavours, and to make a drier style wine than the Vipers. We aim to make a fuller style that has good fruit weight and texture without losing the grapes renowned fruit focus and backbone. The 2019 Riesling will reward those with the patience to cellar the wine for 3 - 7 years.
Swiftburn Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Pungent fruit aromas of limes and passionfruit with sweet floral and herbal notes fill the glass. Full of energy and flavour, the citrus and tree fruit cocktail bursts into the middle of the mouth and is carried on a refreshing mineral finish.
Our Central Otago grown Sauvignon Blanc is made to display classic Sauvignon herbaceousness, a touch of tropical fruit and a textural structure we only see in Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc. It is something a little different. The wine is full and textural in the mouth and has long-lasting flavour. Handpicked and whole bunch pressed this is a small batch wine. Wild yeast fermentation, extended lees contact, and a small portion fermented in barrel gives the wine the texture and length we are looking for.