Carrick Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Chardonnay

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Carrick Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Chardonnay

Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago

The Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Chardonnay is our top Chardonnay and the name refers to the extended time it spends in barrel before bottling - Extended Barrel Maturation. Hand-picked from fruit grown on the top and lower terraces of our Cairnmuir road vineyard. It is a textural wine with a lovely citrus line and unctuous peach toast notes. Think large glass in front of the fire type of wine. Or a wine to impress at a dinner party. We think it tastes great with roast chicken and mushroom risotto. 

EBM = 'extended barrel maturation'. Leesy and rich notes initially, a touch of Brazil nut butteriness (though still only 15% new oak), the extended aging in barrel rounding the wine and perhaps softening the aromatics, though still quite punchy and figgy, intense and rich, though that acidity still cuts through wonderfully, real tang and verve into a long finish. - Tom Cannavan, Wine Pages


The EBM or Extended Barrel Maturation Chardonnay is one of only two wines which we choose to cellar for longer at Carrick, the other is our Excelsior Pinot Noir. It spends 18 months in French oak barriques and is a specially selected blend of just 7 barrels. All fruit is hand-picked from vines grown on their own roots, it is whole-bunched pressed and wild fermented in barrel. Two clones go into the mix, Mendoza and Clone 6, both complimenting each other. There is one new barrel in the blend (14%), lending a further layer of complexity to the wine.

Origin: Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago
Hand-picked in: April 2017
Bottled: November 2018
Cases: 300 x 6 bottle cases 

Organically certified since 2008, by Biogro to EU equivalence.

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