Just when you thought our 2015 te Pā Chardonnay couldn't soar to any greater heights, comes the news that the same wine has just won the Platinum Best in Category award for Best Value New Zealand Chardonnay, at the respected Decanter World Wine Awards.
The DWWA's aren't just any old awards. The Decanter World Wine Awards are now the world’s largest wine competition with more than 17, 200 entries in 2017. That's quite a few wines,
In the words of Sarah Jane Evans MW (one of three new co-chairs for DWWA 2017): ‘This event sorts out the ‘must buy’ and the ‘definitely try’.
Not only did our inaugural Chardonnay release take out the whole category, but it also garnered 95 points from the esteemed judging panel. Not too shabby! (Get the official Decanter detail here).The Judges' tasting note
"Opens with a glorious bouquet of white peach, cream, toast,
If that mouth-watering description doesn't make you want to grab a bottle of this Platinum Chardonnay and chill it down to enjoy with a gorgeous chicken dish tonight, then I don't know what will!
How we made this delicious Platinum drop
The fruit for our first Chardonnay release was hand-picked from our Bedford Rd Vineyard in the central Wairau Valley. The fruit was then whole-bunch pressed directly to
The wine was left on lees for maturation, with partial malo-lactic fermentation (around 50%) kicking off in spring. Our Chardonnay was blended, filtered and bottled in March, nearly a full year after the fruit was harvested.
In case you aren't sold yet
If you need any more evidence of just how good this Chardonnay is, here's a few of the big awards it has scooped up since its release last year:
- Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
- Gold Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016
- Gold Medal, China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016.
And it's not just the 2015 vintage that's gaining critical acclaim. Our soon to be released 2016 vintage has just swooped onto the awards scene, taking out a Silver medal at the prestigious International Wine Challenge 2017.
Success must run in the family! Make sure you get in touch and talk to us today about distributing, selling, or trying this fabulous (and highly decorated) Marlborough Chardonnay. NZ stockists, please get in touch with our awesome broker Beverage Brothers Ltd and the guys will look after you.
Latest wins add to te Pā's Decanter 2017 medal haul
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