2020 Pyramid Valley Field of Fire ChardonnayHawke's Bay
Waikare, North Canterbury
Planted between 2000-2002 at high density of 11,111 vines/ha and farmed bio-dynamically from inception, Field of Fire is a tiny, 0.3ha southeast-facing block with slightly variable, graduating soils, primarily clays over chalky limestone.
20-25% clay, 5-10% active lime.
Foot stomped and whole bunch pressed. Vineyard yeast ferment, aged in French oak barrels. 20 months on lees in barrels, then aged on light lees for 6 months in stainless steel prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered in June 2022.
Golden straw colour with a matt Lisbon lemon hue. Complex medley of grapefruit peel, pine nuts, oatmeal, delicate white flowers and early summer meadow, constrained only by its youth. Cool, racy, almost pure fresh lemonade juice intensity fills the early palate; steel, saltiness, then more mouth-filling with lemon curd, hazelnuts and an almost sourdough maltiness; finishing long with visions of the sea and grapefruit pith. A sensational expression unique to this place and this vintage.
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