In 2014, an additional chardonnay cuveé was crafted from the flagship Arae vineyard to illustrate the subtle nuances of the site.
The spectacular southwest facing 0.9 hectare plot on the Te Ara estate in Church Bay has a mix of clay and limestone soils and has been recognised by world-renowned wine professionals as producing highly mineral wines.
This wine was deliberately crafted to intensify natural minerality – both aromatically and texturally. Spontaneous fermentation at a warmer temperature helped impart more flinty aromas and salty expression on the palate, while partial malolactic fermentation built a more complex acid profile.
In 2014 the site and winemaking conveyed lime, grapefruit and white floral notes – a more distinctly citrus profile than the Cedalion flagship chardonnay.
NZ $354 per case of six.