Holly South Series Chardonnay 2021

SKU
HSSC202110 UCNZ
  • Limited edition & the first bottling from Matahiwi's home vineyard.
  • Hand harvested, barrel fermented, with concentrated & vibrant flavours.
  • "An impeccable balance of subtle sweetness & fruity acidity"- Bob Campbell MW
  • 1 or more bottles
    $28.99
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Editors notes

A limited edition, hand harvested & fully barrel fermented Chardonnay from Matahiwi Estate. Aged for 11 months on lees in 40% new French oak for creamy, elegant complexity. Aromas of melon, stone fruit, biscuit and toasty oak, creamy complexity and a long, fine finish. The palate is elegant with fine texture with a smooth finish.

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Tasting Profile

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  • Aroma
    • Apple
    • Lemon
    • Nectarine
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Cream
    • Peach

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Poultry

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Locations

New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Wairarapa

Maori for 'glistening waters’, the Wairarapa is located in the southeast corner of New Zealand's North Island, about an hour away from Wellington. Amongst the small, quaint towns and rolling fields of livestock, you'll find some of New Zealand's finest wines.

The small community of boutique winemakers in the region work hard to preserve the unique terroir of the region. Wairarapa offers hot summers, cool nights, and long, dry autumns that are perfect for ripening. The strong winds and harsh, semi-maritime climate leads to low yields of healthy, small grapes with very thick skins - these grapes are treated with care to make some outstanding wine.

About the brand Matahiwi

Matahiwi Estate is a family owned winery based in the Wairarapa, one of the smallest wine regions in New Zealand, with 3% of the planting and producing 1% of wine!

Grapes are predominantly grown in the Wairarapa with small volumes of Chardonnay and Syrah sourced from selected vineyard sites in Hawke’s Bay. The Wairarapa vineyards lie on the north-west outskirts of Masterton, with Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc the two main varieties plus a small amount of Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.

Winemaker Miles Dinneen is an absolute legend, making outstanding wine year in year out. picking up golds and trophies as he goes.

Matahiwi Estate produces its wine according to the criteria of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, as well as using sheep to help in the vineyard with lawnmowing and leaf plucking!

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