Gold Medal Win for St Pauli's 2019 Chardonnay
We are thrilled to have taken home a Gold Medal for our 2019 Chardonnay at the New Zealand International Wine Show, held in September 2020.
Our Chardonnay was one of the few Nelson Chardonnay's to be selected for gold. You can view the full list here at http://www.nziws.co.nz/awards/2020/.
2019 Chardonnay Technical & Tasting Notes:
Delightfully fruited and inviting on the nose showing ripe nectarine, rockmelon, fig and vanillin oak characters, leading to a beautifully weighted palate that’s fleshy and creamy. The wine offers lovely harmony and complexity, finishing long and delectable.
Our Chardonnay grapes were hand-harvested in the Moutere Hills by the St Pauli team and handled in barrel. To protect the delicate flavours the grapes were hand-picked early in the morning to avoid the increasing temperatures before being pressed and destemmed. Keeping the grapes cold helps retain important acidity and protects the delicate flavours, skins and pulp. Our Chardonnay has been aged in French oak (Barrique) for 11 months. The Taransaud barrel has an elegant, subtle influences on the wine by adding toasted oak tannin to the wine without suppressing the fruity characteristics. Our Chardonnay is filtered with fine earth.
Harvest date: 4/04/2019
Sugars at harvest: 22.5 Brix
Grapes harvested: 2.21T
14.2% Alc./Vol | 750ml
Moutere Clay Gravel | Low Cropping | No irrigation | Sustainable | Vegan
St Pauli is a boutique vineyard, producing small vintages made with our hand-harvested grapes. At the time of the awards show there were approximately 800 bottles of the 2019 Chardonnay available.