2018 Les Beaux Cailloux

Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay
Prestige Collection

$150.00

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It is the soils of the Gimblett Gravels Vineyard that impart a finely textured mineral quality into the finished wine, unique to Chardonnay produced from this region. Finely flavoured, complex, taut.
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Tasting Notes

Pale straw colour. A complex, but powerful mix of fresh cashews, cracked barley and white peach. The palate is elegant and long.  The stone fruit of the nose is replaced by citrus, a lemon line that is incredibly persistent. Fantastic tension that is kept in check by complementary oak.

Food Match
Roasted free-range chicken, char-grilled crayfish with fresh pasta

Recommended Cellaring
6-10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm and dry summer, wet final ripening period

Brix
21.8 average

Production Level
39 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
0%

Fermentation Vessel
French oak barriques

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
38%

Maturation
10 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Aug – 19

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.3

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.43

Acidity
5.56 g/l

Tasting Notes

Pale straw colour. Aromatic charm aplenty with subtle notes of ripe peach, honey roasted nuts and lemon blossom. Lithe and long across the palate. Mid palate fruit richness is tempered by fine acidity and a lovely textural seam. Finishes dry and delicious.

Food Match
Grilled firmed flesh fish, roasted chicken and lemon and buffalo mozzarella risotto

Recommended Cellaring
6-10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm and dry summer, wet final ripening period

Brix
22.1 average

Production Level
42 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
80%

Fermentation Vessel
French oak barriques

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
38%

Maturation
10 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Aug – 18

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.6

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.22

Acidity
5.33 g/l

Tasting Notes

Pale straw colour. Aromatic charm aplenty with subtle notes of ripe peach, honey roasted nuts and lemon blossom. Lithe and long across the palate. The mid-palate fruit richness is tempered by fine acidity and a lovely textural seam. Finishes dry and delicious.

Food Match
Poultry

Recommended Cellaring
6-8 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
El Niño. Cool and wet start with a warm finish to summer.

Brix
22.7 average

Production Level
42 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
French oak barriques

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
40%

Maturation
10 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
August 2017

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.2

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.33

Acidity
6.1 g/l

Tasting Notes

Pale straw colour. Ripe peach, honey and lemon blossom create an intense bouquet with subtle toasted oak notes. Balanced and elegant on the palate. Refreshing acidity gives length whilst oak and fruit meld into complex layers of flavour with great textural interest.

Food Match
Poultry

Recommended Cellaring
6 – 8 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm, La Niña Summer

Brix
22.2 average

Production Level
42 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
0%

Fermentation Vessel
French oak barriques

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
42%

Maturation
10 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Mar-12

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.4

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.35

Acidity
5.40 g/l

Tasting Notes

Very pale straw colour with youthful green hues. Lifted lemon blossom and heady wind fallen citrus aromas provide a floral complexity. This is combined with mineral notes of flint and a piercing fruit core of white peach. The palate has intense fruit flavours, and is balanced and tempered by fresh acidity and a chalky texture. This wine is testimony to this great Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay vintage.

Food Match
Shellfish

Recommended Cellaring
 7-10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Cool, dry autumn, very good

Brix
22.9 average

Production Level
37 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
0%

Fermentation Vessel
French oak barriques

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
28%

Maturation
10 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Mar-11

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.5

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.30

Acidity
5.34 g/l

Tasting Notes

Very pale straw colour with youthful green hues. Floral aromatics of citrus blossom, acacia and clover honey meld with mineral characters of chalk dust and flint. Manadarin zest and lemon fruit flavours are given life and freshness via electric acidity. This is our most delicate and aromatic Les Beaux Cailloux yet with trademark power and length.

Food Match
Shellfish

Recommended Cellaring
 7-10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Sunny and warm, outstanding

Brix
22.7 average

Production Level
34 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
0%

Fermentation Vessel
French oak barriques

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
38%

Maturation
12 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Apr-10

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.0

Residual Sugar
<2 g/l

pH
3.17

Acidity
6.0 g/l

Tasting Notes

Pale straw colour. An aromatic array comprising of flint, peach pip, lemon blossom and hazelnut characters mesh for a complex bouquet. The palate possesses richness and warmth which is framed and balanced by a subtle phenolic texture and fresh acidity. Rich, complex and long.

Food Match
Rich shellfish dishes

Recommended Cellaring
5-7 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm and dry, very good

Brix
23.7 average

Production Level
36 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
0%

Fermentation Vessel
French oak barriques

Fermentation
Indigenous yeast

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
45%

Maturation
14 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Aug-09

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14.7

Residual Sugar
<2g/l

pH
3.21

Acidity
5.5 g/l

Tasting Notes

Medium straw colour streaked with silver hues. Aromatically complex with citrus blossom, lemon zest, peach and baguette crust. This wine is tightly woven with taut acidity providing a tensile line through the palate which allows the complex flavours to unfold
slowly. Summer fruits, cashew and faint vanilla spring to mind.

Food Match
Rich shellfish dishes

Recommended Cellaring
6-10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Long, dry and cool

Brix
23.8 average

Production Level
39 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
No

Fermentation Vessel
French oak

Fermentation
Spontaneous indigenous yeast

Barrel Type
French oak

New Barrel %
54%

Maturation
17 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Aug-08

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14.5

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.36

Acidity
6.18 g/l

Tasting Notes

Medium straw colour streaked with green. Complex aromatics of citrus blossom, lemon zest, peach kernel with a creamy yeast lees note. The palate has immense power of ripe fruits, finely balanced acidity and a smooth oak background supporting the fruit flavours that provide a richly flavoured wine of great poise and length.

Food Match
Rich seafood dishes

Recommended Cellaring
6-8 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
very warm

Brix
23.5-24.6 average

Production Level
43 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
Yes

Destemmed
No

Fermentation Vessel
French oak barriques

Fermentation
Spontaneous indigenous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New Barrel %
70%

Maturation
16 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
July-07

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.8

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.28

Acidity
6.26 g/l

Tasting Notes

Straw in colour flecked with green. Aromas of peach, cream and hazelnut abound in a heady combination underpinned by zesty lemon notes. The palate is full bodied yet framed by bright acids that provide firmness, giving an elegance to the structure. Harmonious in all respect, perfectly balanced.

Food Match
Shellfish

Recommended Cellaring
Drink between 4-6 years of vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm, early and soft vintage

Brix
23.5-24.2 average

Production Level
53 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
No

Fermentation Vessel
French oak barriques

Fermentation
Spontaneous Indigenous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New barrel %
54%

Maturation
14 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Aug-06

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14.6

Residual Sugars
Nil

pH
3.21

Acidity
6.11 g/l

Tasting Notes

Youthful pale straw/lemon in colour. Citrus blossom and peach kernel meld seamlessly with grilled almond and flinty mineral notes. The palate conveys warmth whilst being neatly framed and balanced by natural acidity. Generous flavours of grapefruit, meyer lemon and almond are wrapped in a taught structure and provide a combination that will develop complexity.

Food Match
Poultry

Recommended Cellaring
5 years

 

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Cool, dry and sunny

Brix
23.4-24.6 average

Production Level
48 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
No

Fermentation Vessel
French Oak Barriques

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French Oak Barriques

New Barrel %
60%

Maturation
18 months

Fining
Skim Milk

Filtration
Pad and membrane filtered

Bottled
Aug-05

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14.5

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.16

Acidity
5.6 g/l

Tasting Notes

In its youth the wine is pale straw/lemon in colour with complex aromas of ripe stonefruits, apples and preserved lemon complimented by roasted hazelnut and crème brulee notes. The palate is initiall forward and lush, with stonefruit and sweet apple flavours melded with hints of oatmeal, fresh grains and fine French oak.

Food Match
Poultry

Recommended Cellaring
Drink between 5-7 years of vintage

Vintage Details

Brix
22.5-24.5 average

Production Level
48 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

 

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
No

Fermentation Vessel
French Oak Cuves

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New Barrel %
65%

Maturation
14 months or less

Fining
Unfined

Filtration
Unfiltered

Bottled
Jul-03

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14.9

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.4

Acidity
5.4 g/l

Tasting Notes

In its youth the wine is pale straw/lemon in colour with complex aromas of ripe stonefruits, apples and preserved lemon complimented by roasted hazelnut and crème brulee notes. The wine retains its typical bony texture to finish fine and long with just a hint of juicy fruit and acidity.

Food Match
Poultry

Recommended Cellaring
Drink between 5-7 years of vintage

Vintage Details

Brix
22.8 average

Production Level
26 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
100%

Destemmed
No

Fermentation Vessel
French Oak Barriques

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New Barrel %
80%

Maturation
15 months or less

Fining
Unfined

Filtering
Unfiltered

Bottled
Jun-02

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14.1

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.25

Acidity
5.66 g/l

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