Luna Estate Eclipse Chardonnay 2019
$ 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. Picked from mature vines, this Chardonnay spends 10 months in a mix of new and seasoned French oak, then an additional 8 months maturation in stainless steel on lees. Lightly filtered and unfined before bottling.
Vibrant looking, pale gold with a fresh green shimmer. Smokey, stony mineral smelling. Fresh lemon and barley subtleties with citrus blossom… a deeper sniff and I am thinking about a breakfast grapefruit, all tangy and sugary. The lees derived element is worth a nod bringing curd and egg tart like undertones. There’s a level of intrigue packed into the bouquet here and it is nice to see some of it on show this early on.
The palate is all elegance and poise upon entry. The feel is subtle power and precision with plenty of flavour packed into what at first seems like a delicate gossamer like frame. Lovely weight and distribution of flavour, very integrated already. A lovely lees derived texture keeps the flavours rolling on and on.In a great spot right now and will evolve beautifully over the next few years.
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.