de la terre is the winemaking venture of Tony and Kaye Prichard who have a winery, cellar door and cafe complex on the Taihape Road out of Hastings. 'de la terre' means 'of the earth' and refers to the vineyards soils as well as the earth brick construction of their buildings. They focus on creating small parcels of unique, elegant wines and grow a number of interesting varietals that are seldom seen in NZ.
Their 2021 barrique fermented chardonnay shows classic stonefruit and citrus characters, with lightly spicy notes from extended time in French oak. Well-handled acidity keeps fruit sweetness in check and creates a long, fresh finish.
The winery writes "Typical light golden of a healthy young Chardonnay. Definitive stonefruit Chardonnay varietal character with a touch of citrus alongside a lovely seam of lightly toasted French oak and yeast notes. A clean, fresh 'attack' leading to a tight and linear mid-palate. Refreshing and lively fruit flavours with obvious French oak and yeast influence. A long finish with citrus flavours kicking in at the end."