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"A bold, ripe and very punchy take on chardonnay"

Intense lemon colour in the glass with aromas of peach, citrus (grapefruit) & tropical fruit (pineapple). With underlying savoury notes of brioche & a hint of nutmeg

We recommend enjoying this delicious wine with roasted turkey and rosemary stuffing

Main Divide Canterbury Chardonnay 2016

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Awarded 92/100 Points Vegan Wine
Main Divide Canterbury Chardonnay 2016

Main Divide Canterbury Chardonnay 2016

Member rating / 6
Main Divide is the local name for the Southern Alps and is the backbone of the South Island, where grapes for Main Divide are exclusively sourced.
Elsewhere $20.99 $18.25


Awarded 92/100 Points

Nick Stock,, Nov 2017


"A bold, ripe and very punchy take on chardonnay with ripe nectarine, peach and candied lemon flavors. Plenty of texture and build in the palate as well as some really attractive weight. A big, stridently flavorsome style" Nick Stock,, Nov 2017

The colour is intense lemon with aromas of peach, citrus (grapefruit) & tropical fruit (pineapple). There are also some underlying savoury notes of brioche along with a hint of nutmeg. In the mouth the wine is pleasantly concentrated and exhibits a creamy texture resulting from the lees contact. A tangy  minerality  complements its lingering dry finish.

The grapes were grown on a mixture of clay and stony soils. We removed sufficient leaves from around the bunches to keep them well ventilated and healthy, while maintaining enough foliage to prevent them from becoming too hot. Throughout the region, crop levels were somewhat higher than expected but ludicious thinning of the fruit, a perfect summer and a warm dry autumn enabled the grapes to be harvested with excellent flavour development and physiological ripeness.

Traditional Burgundian winemaking methods were empolyed in making this wine. The grapes were harvested late April-May. The non-clarified juice, obtained by gentle pressing of the fruit, underwent primary or alcoholic fermentation in barrels made by Burgundian artisan coopers (a mix of barriques and puncheons were used). It was then matured in these barrels over the ensuing year. When the temperature warmed in the early summer after harvest the wine underwent partial secondary (malo-lactic) fermentation. During this time the wine was regularly tasted and, when it was felt that the best balance had been achieved, this secondary fermentation was stopped. The entire fermentation process was carried out by the grapes’ indigenous micro-organisms


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I have lost count of how many cases of this wonderful Chardonnay we have ordered over the years. It combines the oak and complexity of the best Hawkes Bay chardonnays with a gentle flintyness that reflects its southern origins and keeps it from being too sweet. The best Ne Zealand mid-priced chardonnay on the market in my opinion

Mark - 29/06/2018

That good I went back and bought another case

Daphne - 03/05/2018

Reliably good chardonnay at a decent price

Gerard - 16/05/2018

Excellent value & great chardonnay.

Hilary - 09/05/2018


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