Big Sky Chardonnay


An expressive wine from this classic variety.

They call it “the winemaker’s grape”. We make this Chardonnay in the style we really enjoy. Perfectly ripe fruit, barrel fermented, and barrel aged. A luscious and textured wine, full of fruit and youthfulness, and enough backbone to look to the future with confidence.

Colour: Pale gold.

Bouquet: White stonefruit, vanilla and butterscotch.

Palate: Honeyed nuts, apricots, and biscuity brioche, with good midpalate weight and mouth filling complexity.

Food Match: Fresh oysters, roast chicken and pinenuts, summer ratatouille.

Viticulturists and winemakers: Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban.


100% Chardonnay.


Dakins Road, Wairarapa.

Harvest date:

2 April 2021.

Brix at harvest:

22 brix.


Light whole bunch press, no skin contact.


100% barrel ferment – 50% in new puncheons, 50% in seasoned oak barriques. Wild yeast ferment, full malo.


6 months in wood with bâtonnage, lightly fined, sterile filtered.

Wine Analysis at bottling:

Alcohol: 13%

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