Chenin Blanc Te Arai 2008
Notes from the Winemaker
With a vibrant yellow hue, and aromas of fresh lime zest and fragrant gardenias, the 2009 is a rich, pure and elegant vintage. Subtle notes of orange blossom and bees wax, with evocative aromas of brûléed pears, allude to the delicacy of the wine.
With a kiss of the sea, the minerality on the palate is long, lingering and saline.
The finely grained tannin from fruit and large barrels bind with the succulent acidity. Structurally ready for aging, a rich honeyed character will develop and intensify with time. A wine of great promise.
All grapes were hand picked (Fairtrade!) and the crushed fruit was given several hours of skin contact. Fermentation and maturation in demi-muids (large 600 litre oak barrels) allows the wine to mature and harmonise with time, and without the obtrusion of oak tannins, which would otherwise disrespect the subtle fruit aromas.
Suitable for vegetarian consumption.
Serving temperature: 12 ° C (54 °F)
Ready to drink now or cellar until 2018