DUNBAR ESTATES Central Otago Chardonnay 2020

The nose shows complex lemon brioche, citrus fruit and nectarine notes that flow tightly across the palate. Straw-coloured, this wine finishes long with a balanced acid finish and developing richness.

Harvest date: 5 April 2020
Aging: in 10% new oak
Alcohol:  13.42%
Residual Sugar: 0 g/L
pH: 3.33
Total Acidity: 7 g/L


2020 will be one of those more easily remembered vintages, not just because of the nervousness surrounding Covid-19 but also because of the nervousness over summer. The growing season was cooler than average in Otago and but late March brought a great autumn for winemaking: six weeks of warm, dry, frost-free weather. The grapes had all the time needed to fully ripen.

The cool summer, particularly at the start, had the effect of slower cell division giving smaller berries. Consequently, the total yields for all of Central Otago wineries were 28% lower than the previous year,

The Chardonnay is dry. Aged in approximately ten percent new oak, undergoing wild fermentation, inoculated to finish fermentation. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation.

Winemaker: Matt Connell