Luna Estate Eclipse Chardonnay 2018
$ 43.00 incl. GST
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I do my best not to parallel things to Burgundy, but the first words blurted on tasting this were ‘Meursault-like.” There you go. A Chardonnay drinker’s Chardonnay, picked from mature vines and barrel fermented, then aged 11 months in 40% new barriques and puncheons. Batonnage was not employed, and 50% of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation.
“We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks here, with flint and a whiff of gun smoke, honey biscuits, brine, ripe lemon with a twist of peel, white peach and subtle spice. It’s fresh and clean, no overt winery work to taste, a fine chalky texture, oatmeal and apple, cool lime acidity, just a little toast and clove coming through on a long textured finish. Lovely thing to drink. So nice.” 94 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront
Luna Estate / Martinborough, Nz
Over The Moon – A Rising Star Of New Zealand Wine
A relatively new label, the foundations of Luna Estate are two excellent vineyard sites – Eclipse, on the famed Martinborough Terraces, and Blue Rock, on Dry River Road, south of the Martinborough village. Martinborough is a region which excites us as New Zealand’s best for complex and varietal Pinot Noir, also raising excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Luna’s ethos is sustainable vineyard practices, and as minimal handling in the winery as possible, under the guidance of chief winemaker Joel Watson, whose previous work has included several vintages with the highly esteemed Curly Flat in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.
Presently with 25 hectares producing, a significant replanting program to bring 80% of production to Pinot Noir will eventually see the estate sitting around 44 hectares between the two sites. The single vineyard wines show the sites’ contrasts, with the entry point Estate wines rock solid examples.