New Zealand Chardonnay is the third most widely planted and picked grape variety in New Zealand; it’s a full bodied white wine full of elegant, crisp fruit-laden flavours ranging from pitiless apples and lemons through to lush stone fruit, peaches and apricots.
Chardonnay is grown throughout New Zealand’s wine regions symbolising our unique terroir and huge diversity in producing varied fruit flavours and aromas while retaining a crisp acidity balance perfectly rounded with oak.
The warmer wine regions, namely Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, produce fruit driven soft ripe Chardonnays, while Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa offer a rich fruit flavour with more acidity, and the Chardonnays from the Nelson and Marlborough wine region a more lemony fruit in flavour.
Winemakers and viticulturists alike enjoy the versatility Chardonnay offers, allowing them to create and produce a mouth-filling concentrated fruit-driven wine.
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