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Nutcracker Chardonnay

A triumph of mother nature, organically grown and naturally fermented, this wine’s complex layers deliver rich and full-bodied flavours to the palate, with a tightly structured minerality typical of the clone.

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Prized block 20+ year Mendoza Chardonnay

Our Chardannay block, planted in 1996 consistently produces stunning fruit. The Mendoza clone, known for its low yields and ‘hen and chicken’ fruit set, provides a high skin-to-juice ratio and thus a beautiful depth and concentration of flavour.

 

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The winemaking process

The grapes are handpicked and whole bunched pressed, and the juice is run directly into French 500L oak puncheons. Wild yeasts from the vineyard provide a natural fermentation. The wine is left to develop in barrels for 12 months.

With very little winemaker’s influence, this wine is a testament to the quality of the Walnut Block fruit. Low in sulphr, and it’s vegetarian and vegan friendly.

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Cellaring potential

Walnut Block wines evolve gracefully over time. Walnut Block Chardonnay is a stylish and complex wine that will cellar well for 5-8 years.

  • Nutcracker Chardonnay

    Scented of white peaches, spiced apple slices and cashews with subtle compliments of cedar and meal. Medium to full-bodied and nicely poised in the mouth, it has a lovely, satiny texture and a long, savory finish.

    90+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

  • 4.5 stars, Winestate Magazine (Michael Cooper MW)

    Tight, elegant, single-vineyard wine, priced sharply.  Fragrant bouquet, with barrel-ferment and indigenous yeast notes.  Weighty, slightly creamy palate, with strong, grapefruit-like flavours, balanced acidity and finely integrated oak.

  • 90+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

    Scented of white peaches, spiced apple slices and cashews with subtle compliments of cedar and meal. Medium to full-bodied and nicely poised in the mouth, it has a lovely, satiny texture and a long, savory finish.

Reviews

2013 Nutcracker Chardonnay

4 stars - Winestate Magazine Micheal Cooper (MW)
Youthful, single-vineyard Wairau Valley wine, fully barrel-fermented.  Mouthfilling, slightly toasty and buttery, with strong grapefruit and peach flavours, fresh acidity and very good depth and potential

 

 

2010 Nutcracker Chardonnay

90+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay is scented of white peaches, spiced apple slices and cashews with subtle compliments of cedar and meal. Medium to full-bodied and nicely poised in the mouth, it has a lovely, satiny texture and a long, savory finish. Drink it now to 2016+.

4.5 stars, Winestate Magazine (Michael Cooper MW)
Tight, elegant, single-vineyard wine, priced sharply.  Fragrant bouquet, with barrel-ferment and indigenous yeast notes.  Weighty, slightly creamy palate, with strong, grapefruit-like flavours, balanced acidity and finely integrated oak.

5 stars, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
A beautifully maturing Chardonnay, the complex bouquet shows stone fruit, citrus, cream and nutty oak aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that's creamy and rounded, backed by superbly integrated acidity. The wine is stylish and great drinking. At its best: now to 2016.

5 stars, Raymond Chan
Full and complex nose, solidly packed with deep aromas of ripe stonfruits and citrus fruits and layers of buttery, nutty, barrel-ferment elements.  Bold flavours of yellow stonefruits, nuts, butter and cream intermingle with layers of toasty oak.  A bold and powerful Chardonnay with ripe fruit and complex oak.

 

2009 Nutcracker Chardonnay

4 stars Bob Campbell MW

87 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

4 stars, Winestate Magazine (Michael Cooper MW)

91pts Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Luxury vineyard accommodation

Walnut Block Cottages offer superb 5-star accommodation in a secluded setting among the vines – perfect for travellers seeking a relaxing destination, for wine lovers looking for a taste of the vineyard lifestyle, and for any special occasion.