Grown and produced on Waiheke Island, Sam’s first vintage is the 2013 Cedalion Single Vineyard Chardonnay, available now by allocation.
The fruit is from the spectacular Arae Vineyard, a southwest facing 0.9 hectare plot on Te Ara Estate in Church Bay. The 12 year-old vineyard’s cool soils are a mix of clay and limestone – ideal for producing a more mineral Chardonnay with moderate sugars.
In 2013 the site conveyed white floral, lime, pomelo and background flinty notes that benefited from subtle new oak. This wine has a distinctive salty, lean acid profile that provides a zesty structure and the foundations for long cellaring.