More orchard fruit than tropical on the nose, which is typical for a cooler-climate Chardonnay, Southern Lines opens with notes of ripe apple, peach, and pear, with a distinctive note of lemon peel that adds freshness. There's a subtle hint of oak in the form of vanilla, but it doesn't overpower the fresh fruit notes.
Soft and plush on the palate, this balanced Chardonnay has good weight and texture, but finishes bright and fresh thanks to ample natural acidity. You'd be forgiven for wondering if there's any oak at all - it's restrained and well-integrated, allowing the fruit to shine.
Match this balanced Chardonnay with fall favourites like butternut squash soup, roast poultry, or baked ham with mashed potatoes.
Common in cool climate white wines, this aroma can range from fresh citrus to lemon zest.
From Granny Smith to Red Delicious, apple makes for a delightfully crisp aroma.
Fuzzy peach candies, or real-life fuzzy peaches fresh from a fresh B.C fruit stand.
A romantic picnic in the orchard, with your partner and their favourite white wine.
A sweet spice aroma that indicates oak-ageing - think vanilla bean frappuccino!
2022 - 2024
Southern Lines is a new project from an established family vineyard in New Zealand's acclaimed Marlborough region. While the area is (quite rightly) known for their exuberant expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, there's been growing interest in the region's other whites, and one sip of this Chardonnay should show you why! If you're on the fence about Chardonnay in general, this is a great interpretation that sits somewhere on the spectrum between California's creamy, oak- and vanilla-laden examples and more lean, mineral-driven bottlings from France. In fact, cool-climate Marlborough allows Chardonnay to retain the all-important acidity that lends freshness to a finished wine, while ample sunshine provides optimal ripening for plenty of bold fruit flavours. Judicious use of minimal oak aging softens the final wine, adding texture and depth. Enjoy this balanced Chardonnay over the next 3 years at about 10 C.
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