Bilancia Chardonnay 2015
100% Hawke's Bay fruit sourced entirely from our la collina Vineyard where it is grown on the lower terraces, the gentle slope and the flat, old riverbed.
Hand picked fruit was whole-bunch pressed and the juice was then run straight to puncheons and barrels, with no cold settling, for fermentation in French oak. From the press, each subsequent barrel had varying levels of solids in the juice. The juice was not inoculated with yeast but rather, the indigenous yeast were allowed to carry the fermentation to dryness. The wine spent 15 months in oak prior to bottling; there was no fining or cold stabilisation.
The aim is to produce a wine that reflects the variety and the vineyard rather than the winemaking. It shows a tight wine with emphasis on a fresh, food friendly style and evenly balanced palate.
This wine is ready to drink on release and will continue to develop positively for 4 – 6 years.
Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, 1 March 2018
"Slightly bigger and plusher than the 2014, Bilancia's 2015 Chardonnay also seems more complex."
Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com 13 November 2017
"The palate texture is fine and tight and leaves an impression of clarity and purity."
Tasting Notes (PDF)