Bilancia Tiratore Chardonnay 2020

Bilancia Tiratore Chardonnay 2020

Bilancia Tiratore Chardonnay 2020

Pale gold in colour, effusively aromatic with floral, honeysuckle notes, anise, honey and talcum, on the palate ripe pear, grapefruit, anise, a touch of flint, hints of salinity and wet stone and a kiss of vanilla, finely wrought, filigree acidity, all combining with slightly luxuriant richness, fine elegance, and a very long finish.

This is Bilancia’s flagship Chardonnay, so named after the spent rifle cartridges that were found to pepper the vineyard when it was planted, suggesting its erstwhile use a shooting range. It is from la collina vineyard with vines originally planted in 2001 on its lower slopes, terraces and flat, old riverbed. The site is planted with a number of different clones of Chardonnay, predominantly B95 and UCD15 with a smaller contribution from 548, 809 and Mendoza. These clones and the rows are represented by the stylised artwork of the label. 100% hand-picked, whole bunch pressed to French oak puncheons and barriques for fermentation. Indigenous yeast carried the ferment to dryness. The wine spent eleven months in oak prior to bottling; there was no fining or cold stabilisation and no additives other than sulphur. Intended to reflected the variety and the vineyard site rather than the winemaking.

Regular price £60.00


Country: New Zealand
Region: Hawke's Bay
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Volume: 750ml
Vintage: 2022

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