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Auntsfield - Cob Cottage Chardonnay 2016

White wine from Marlborough · New Zealand
Price: £32.95
Case Rate: £32.50
Ex Tax: £27.46
Country:
New Zealand
Wine Region: Marlborough
Wine Maker: Luc Cowley
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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92 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
New Zealand
Wine Region: Marlborough
Wine Maker: Luc Cowley
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Description

Auntsfield continues the proud heritage of Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery established in 1873. Our Single Block wines display qualities distinctive to grapes grown within a defined
area at Auntsfield Estate. Consistent quality and character over many vintages has separated these single blocks out as producing our Reserve Wines.
 
Cob Cottage Chardonnay – This small 2 hectare block is situated at the very southern elevated corner of the vineyard next to some old Oak trees. It has a unique free draining soil made up of crushed Greywacke rock that has fallen from the steep hill behind.
 
“Auntsfield ‘Cob Cottage’ Chardonnay 2016 – Complex and enticing bouquet with wood spices, ripe citrus and stone fruits as well as silty dry stone mineral message. Equally complex on the palate with layers of flavour wovern through textures of acidity, oak and lees complexity. A fine wine – decant for service. best from 2019 through 2026.” (Cob Cottage Chardonnay 2016).
 
95 Points. CAMERON DOUGLAS, May 2018

 

Wine tasting notes

COLOUR: Bright straw AROMA: Displays concentrated aromas of ripe nectarine and white peach with undertones of citrus peel. Lifted notes of dried herbs and wood spice compliment nuanced aromas of roasted hazelnut, wet stone and honeycomb. PALATE: The pallet is concentrated and beautifully textured with a flowing mouth-feel. The fruit weight and oak balance layer with luscious acidity to provide a superb fresh, linear and creamy structure.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2006) - 92 pts

Wine Advocate Issue #184 Sep 2009 - Reviewer Neal Martin - The handpicked 2006 Cob Cottage Chardonnay has a well-defined but rather conservative nose with just a hint of French oak. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry, builds beautifully in the mouth towards a crisp nectarine and vanilla tinged finish with superb persistency. This is a great New Zealand Chardonnay that should drink over the next 2-5 years. Auntsfield is one of New Zealand stalwart producers that can trace its roots back the 19th century and they presently farm vineyards in the Wairau Valley. They have an interesting portfolio full of character and occasionally, great quality.


Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010) - 92 pts

eRobertParker.com #203. Oct 2012. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. The 2010 Cob Cottage Chardonnay offers pronounced notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and white peach with touches of cedar, mandarin peel and cashews. Medium bodied with a lovely silken texture, it give a great intensity of tropical and stone fruit flavors in the mouth with a balanced suggestion of oak and crisp acid, finishing long and tangy. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2016+.


Bob Campbell MW (2006) - 92 pts

Bob Campbell MW, 92pts - "Assertive wine with strong citrus, stone fruit, mineral and spicy oak flavours together with some bran biscuit and sizzled butter characters. Full-flavoured wine with character and appeal."

Vinification notes

The fruit is hand-picked into small baskets. At the winery it is hand sorted then gently whole bunch pressed, and the juice fermented in French oak barriques (20% new oak). After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels on yeast lees for 11 months. Regular lees stirring added greater pallet weight and richness which balances the structure and complexity of this wine.