Estate Range

2009 Mount Riley Chardonnay

Mount Riley's Estate Range (pictured right) is great quality and value. Each wine in this range is fresh with pure, vibrant fruit flavours and aromas.

  • Awards

    Silver, NZ International Wine Show 2010

  • Reviews

    Wine NZ Magazine, Autumn 2011 - Top 5 under $25

    Mount Riley Chardonnay offers amazing value. Showing some toasty-oak and stone-fruits on the nose. Soft and round in the mouth with apple and lemon fruit-flavours that are ripe and weighty with definite appeal. Fresh acidity and balanced alcohol lend harmony to the palate.

    Winestate Magazine, July/August 2010

    Elegant, fruit-driven style (50% barrel-fermented), with vibrant, peachy flavours to the fore, a hint of butterscotch and fresh, appetising acidity.

    Otago Daily Times, Wednesday, 19 May 2010, Charmian Smith, Best Under $20

    For many years Mount Riley has consistently offered good value wines. This is fragrant with hints of tropical fruit backed by buttery hints of caramel and creamy finish.

    Wine NZ Magazine, Autumn 2010

    Pale. Lime and floral notes on the nose. Palate is creamy textured and citrussy in flavour with melon, quince, clove and herbal notes. A fresh, bright finish.

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The grapes that went into this wine were grown in the Wairau Valley region of Marlborough. From March right through to the end of our harvest at Mount Riley, Mother Nature was kind to us - we had virtually no rain and were able to pick when flavour was at its peak and sugars and acidity in our grapes were perfectly balanced.

This Chardonnay is made up of a blend , 50% of which was fermented in new and seasoned French barriques and 50% of which was fermented in stainless steel. Blending in this way results in a wine with great fruit purity and intensity and elegant oak characters in support. The portion of the blend that was fermented in oak underwent partial malolactic fermentation and was matured for 7 months on lees.