d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay
Vineyard: Average Winter rainfall followed by a dry, warm Spring ensured that the vines set well, leading to relatively large crop loads. The 2016 Vintage started a few days earlier than ever before due to the dry conditions, but relieving rains arrived in late January/early February, reducing stress for the final stages of ripening.
Mild to warm February and March conditions were ideal, slowing sugar accumulation and allowing full flavours to develop. The earlier harvested fruit achieved fruit ripeness at relatively low Baumes due to the rain event. These wines are bright, spicy and vibrant with a lovely long acid and elegance. As vintage progressed the concentration grew and the colour intensified, resulting in more weighty wines without overripe characters.
Tasting Note: Modern Chardonnay: not overoaked or blowsy but crisp and balanced, fragrant with nectarine and green apple, roasted nuts and vanilla, creamy in the mouth and with a splash of seaspray on the finish. Food Matching: Antipasti, Aperitif, Asparagus, chicken and fish.