Carrick Bannockburn Chardonnay 2018
The Carrick Bannockburn Chardonnay makes up part of our core range of wines. Carrick’s wind-swept site and glacial alluvial soils, help to define the acidity of this wine, which balances the citrus and stone fruit characters, as well as giving length and flow. It is made from hand-picked organically grown Chardonnay, from some of the oldest vines on the property. Fermented and matured in French oak barriques using only wild yeast, with some lie stirring during fermentation, giving further complexity to the taste.
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Central Otago is semi-continental and surrounded by mountains. The hot, dry Cairnmuir Terraces, on which Carrick’s vines are planted, are dry, semi-arid and wind-swept. The combination of our soils and semi-arid climate result in low yielding vines, which capture the special essence and vibrancy of Central Otago.
When Carrick was planted, the land was home to a few merinos, rabbits, thyme and lichens. Today our 24ha of vines are certified Organic through Biogro and our company is certified Sustainable by SWNZ.
Endeavouring to create biodiversity and sustainability on our site we have a native plant nursery, use only wild yeast, grow herbs and vegetables for our restaurant, plant vineyard cover crops, compost organic materials, and recycle packaging and waste.
Wild ferment, in barrel.
In French oak barriques, for 10 months,