Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Country: New Zealand
Region: Hawke's Bay
Vinification: Individual vineyard parcels of Chardonnay were hand picked. Each parcel was whole bunch pressed. The free run juice was either filled directly to French oak barrels, or settled overnight prior to filling to oak. No additions were made. The juice was allowed to ferment in oak barrels with a mix of indigenous and cultured yeast. Spontaneous Malolactic fermentation followed with regular stirring of lees until early spring.
Ageing/Maturation: The wine was left in barrel, on full yeast lees until early 2014 (10 months in oak), when it was racked, blended, fined and bottled
Black Barn Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2014
Ripe, fleshy stone fruit and citrus aromas are layered with toast and spice.
A boutique vineyard just five minutes from the Village of Havelock North in Hawke's Bay Wine Country. Black Barn focuses on premium Bordeaux styled red varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Their award winning whites include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
All of Black Barn's wines are Estate Grown and the fruit is selectively picked. Selective picking ensures optimum quality and ripeness, and with the estate's artisan winemaking philosophy produce wines of depth, character and cellaring ability that have been rewarded with a string of accolades.