Owned by the Petrie family, the 23 year-old block is 20 minutes� drive north-east of Martinborough on the deep, gravelled, uplifted river terraces of East Taratahi. The vineyard itself is generally cooler than our own blocks due to its higher elevation. Vineyard perspective and wind exposure are also factors in cooling this site, making it ideal for the Clone 15 plantings and expressed in the typically bright fruit and marked thread of minerality that Petrie Chardonnay is renowned for. Fruit 100% hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed. Juice fermented with indigenous winery yeasts in Burgundy barriques and puncheons (18% new). 30% of the blend completed malolactic fermentation in barrel. Wine held on lees in barrels for 8 months.
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