Te Muna Estate
Butterworth Chardonnay 2021

Butterworth Chardonnay 2021


Rich and flavorful chardonnay with cooked apple, nougat, and flint on both the nose and palate. Full-bodied with salted caramel to the cooked-apple and stone character. Zingy acidity at the end. Contrastive.
94 pts James Suckling - Oct 2022


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Tasting Notes

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Colour: Bright light golden hue.

Aroma: Sweet lifted spicy and cedary oak, jump from the glass, with creamy
buttery overtones. Pretty floral notes and ripe white fleshed peach come through
to compliment.

Palate: 11 months on Gross Lees has given the Butterworth Chardonnay a rich
mid palate texture, adding layers to the racy acid line Te Muna is famous for. The
grip from the phenolics add length and breadth to the back palate, giving a chalky,
oyster shell finish.

Winemakers Notes

The grapes were hand-harvested, then whole bunch pressed straight to barrel without settling. The juice was fermented in one 500 Litre Puncheon and three older barriques to bring complexity. Once dry, the wine went through Malolactic fermentation while receiving 4 lees stirs over 4 months. The wine sat without sulphur until one week before blending in February. The wine received no fining, and only a light filtration before bottling.

Harvest date: 19th March, 2020 - Brix 20.7, pH 3.05, TA 10.9 g/L

Wine analysis: Alc. 13.5 %, pH 3.15, TA 6.00 g/L, Residual sugar <1 g/L

Oak Maturation: 100%, 50% in one new 500L puncheon.

Bottling date: 7th May, 2021

Allergens: Contains sulphites