2014 Corofin "Carter Ashmore Vineyard - North Corner" Chardonnay Marlborough

SKU #1252059 92 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour. The nose is full and solidly packed with a tight core of ripe citrus and stonefruits, melded with layers of creamy barrel-ferment and complexing lemon-curd MLF elements. Mineral and nutty, oxidative suggestions emerge in the glass. Medium-bodied, this is very fresh and vibrant, the mouthfeel one of vitality, crispness and steely freshness. The palate possesses a tight and elegant core with stonefruit flavours with some subtle creamy and nutty oak. This has cut and raciness, and the wine flows with tension, carrying to a very long, refreshing finish. This is a tight, crisp and refreshingly steely Chardonnay with a rich and fulome, creamy nose. Mendoza clone fruit, hand-picked, with 50% crushed for solids, and fully-barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in seasoned French oak on lees without batonnage, but undergoing full MLF. 50 dozen made.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Carter Ashmore Vineyard Chardonnay has a delicate nose of fresh apples and pears with an allspice, baking bread and honeysuckle undercurrent. Medium-bodied, it is cleverly crafted with great finesse and restraint offing good intensity and a minerally finish. (LPB)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

Corofin is an amazing small project run by Mike and Anna Patterson. Their focus is on boutique production, single vineyard / block wines that represent special sites with unique and distinctive characters. They make litterally a few barrels of each wine with the utmost care and attention. I was super impressed with the wines on a recent trip to New Zealand and we now have a small allocation of the three 2014 vintage releases. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "The Carter Ashmore Vineyard is located in the Fairhall sub region of Marlborough and planted to older Mendoza clone Chardonnay. Once an old riverbed, the soils are a mixture of layered silt and alluvial gravels deposited over time and many flood events. These soils, in combination with low yields and a sensitive BioGro (certified organic) farming regime, are key to unlocking the distinct singular expression of chardonnay. Whole bunches were pressed slowly to a small stainless steel tank. No enzyme or sulphur additions were made. After 6 hours the juice was transferred with a high percentage of solids to 3 seasoned French oak barriques for fermentation. Primary fermentation took 7 months to complete. Natural malo completed in late Feb 2015. The wine remained on original lees in barrel, without stirring or sulphur, until late March 2015. The barrels were then racked to tank where they remained on lees for a further 4 months. 46 cases total production."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
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Really classy Chardonnay from an intriguing old block of vines farmed (organically) by Dog Point. The Mendoza clone of Chardonnay that features here is famous for its ability to convey rich, complex, exotic flavors whilst maintaining precise and vibrant acidity. The clusters have a mixture and large and small berries, the latter being very concentrated with high acidity. The delicate winemaking of Corofin has simply allowed the detail of this site and this magnificent clone to shine. Rich but focused, subtle and refined. Nice savory lees notes complement the ripe orchard and golden stone fruit profile, nice toasty, pie crust like elements but without any excess fat or weight. The old vines bring Marlborough's deep alluvial stony soils into play in the mineral infused finish. Great stuff - but they only made two barrels!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.