19 Offshoot Chardonnay
This is our thrid year producing our Offshoot Chardonnay. The wine is ever growing in popularity and quality as James and Inus refine their technique.
Intense, stone fruit nose with a touch of matchstick edginess. The palate is ripe, showing peach and apricot fruit notes. This is a complex, full bodied Chardonnay with plenty of texture and character.
Fruit sourced from 30-year-old Mendoza Chardonnay vines at our Home Block located next to the winery on Rapaura Road. The grapes were handpicked and whole bunch pressed. Settled juice was then fermented in large format 900 litre French barrels. The wine was aged on its lees for 12 months before a further three months of aging in tank. During this time, the wine went through full malolactic fermentation.
Harvest Date April 2019
Total Acidity 5.8 g/l
Residual Sugar .91 g/l
Bottling Date June 2021
The 2019 growing season was very warm and caused drought conditions in some parts of Marlborough. As our vineyards have good water security, we were able to avoid any issues arising from water stress. The vintage itself was very enjoyable. The rain stayed away, allowing us to pick the grapes at optimum ripeness. Quality will be very high across all varieties from the 2019 vintage.
4.5 STARS – Finalist in Chardonnay of the Year 2021, WineState Special Annual Edition 2022, February 2022
Bright, light lemon green, it is mouth filling with fresh acidity, intense stone fruit nose with a touch of matchstick edginess. The palate is ripe, showing peach and apricot fruit notes. This is a complex, full bodied chardonnay with plenty of texture and character.
93 POINTS Excellent - Cameron Douglas, January 2022
A reductive, complex and intriguing expression with aromas of citrus and gun-metal, lemon and white flowers, cashew nut and vanilla. As the wine opens up so to does the range of scents. A wine of texture and mouthfeel on the palate with a coarse-silk and acid tautness, youthful with these attributes. Flavours of apple and citrus, stone fruits on spice relflect the nose. A delicious and intriguing wine with lovely palate presence and flinty wild white flowers finish. Best drinking from 2022 though 2026.
93 POINTS - Real Review, Bob Campbell, December 2021
From 30-year-old Mendoza clone chardonnay vines. Aged in large 900 litre French barrels for 12 months. A medley of tree fruits, peach and nectarine with a suggestion of ginger and struck-flint.
A weighty, textural wine.
4.5 STARS – Winestate Magazine, November/December Edition 2021
This youthful, savoury wine was handpicked at Rapaura from 30-year-old vines and fermented and matured for a year in large (900 litres) French oak barrels. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouth filling, with fresh acidity, very good intensity of ripe, citrusy peachy flavours, biscuity notes adding complexity, and obvious aging potential.
SILVER – The Marlborough Wine Show, October 2021
4.5 STARS – Michael Cooper Wines, October 2021
Estate-grown at Rapaura, the very youthful 2019 vintage (4.5*) was hand-picked from 30-year-old vines, fermented with indigenous yeasts in large (900 litre)French Oak barrels (35% new) and wood-aged for a year. Bright, light lemon/green, it is fresh and full-bodied, with ripe, citrusy, peachy biscuity flavours, showing very good intensity and complexity, balanced acidity, and obvious potential. Best drinking 2023+.