On Giants’ Shoulders Chardonnay 2020




Alcohol                              13.2%

pH                                      3.25

Harvest brix                       22


Harvest                              12.03.20

Bottled                              September 2021

Bottles Produced              1991



With vines planted in 1988, our four-hectare vineyard has been producing classic Martinborough wines for nearly 30 years.



A single clone, B95 planted in 1999, the vines are now reaching good maturity.  The aim in the vineyard is to produce a delicate chardonnay, retain acidity, and harvest at lower sugar levels.  To do this we employ substantial shoot positioning, rigorous crop selection and limited leaf removal.  These vines are now in their fourth year of being grown without irrigation.  All vineyard work is undertaken by our dedicated family members, friends and community.



Hand harvested and hand sorted in the vineyard, picking took place on the 12th of March.  In the winery, the fruit was gently whole bunch pressed directly to a mixture of French Oak puncheons and seasoned barriques, with just shy of 20% new oak in the finished wine.  Ferment commenced naturally, and was completed quickly at warm temperatures.  The wine remained in barrel for 12 months, on gross lees where full spontaneous MLF occurred.  The wine was blended and transferred to tank in March 2021 and where it rested for an additional Winter before being bottled without fining, or stabilisation in September 2020.

Reviews (1)


  1. Michael Cooper – Wine Journalist

    The 2020 vintage (5*) is a classy, single-vineyard wine, youthful but already delicious. Bright, light yellow/green, it is fragrant and full-bodied, with rich, vibrant, well-ripened stonefruit flavours, slightly toasty notes adding complexity, balanced acidity and a long finish. Best drinking 2023+.

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