Invivo Central Otago Michelle's Chardonnay 2013

"The nose literally leaps from the glass with a heady mix of espresso, lemon zest, grapefruit and peach. The palate is complex with a broad entry of creamy citrus with a hint of ripe peach, and the seam of mineral like acid providing a great backbone for the wine through the palate. The 2013 Michelle’s Chardonnay is mouth filling and rich but highly complex and elegant and will suit a wide range of 'haute cuisine'!"

Rob Cameron, Invivo Winemaker


Country New Zealand
Region Central Otago
Vineyards Lowburn
Variety 100% Chardonnay
Brix at Harvest 23.4
Cellaring 1 - 5 years
Bottle Size 750ml
Winemaker Rob Cameron


Residual Sugar 1g/L
pH 3.4
TA 5.7
Alcohol 14%


"Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on rim. The nose is softly voluminous with aromas of white stonefruits infused with complex nutty, flinty mineral and toasty oak layers at the core. This unfolds waves of delicate detail and interest with aeration. Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, concentrated and tightly bound flavours of white stonefruits and sweet citrus fruit are harmoniously interwoven with flinty reduction complexities and toasty oak. The palate has good presence and linearity, with fine, grainy textures and soft acidity lending a rounded mouthfeel with positive drive and grip. Mealy, nutty and citrus nuances grow and lead to a very long, lingering finish. This is an elegant Chardonnay with waves of complex flavours of fruit, flint and toasty oak. Serve with seafood and poultry over the next 4-5 years. 18.5/20 Nov 2014"
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
"Spice, mineral complexity, mild yet obvious oak and gobs of peachy stone fruit aromas – fresh, roasted and canned, medium+ complexity. Palate is great – I really like the bite and texture of this wine, it has plenty of fruit and creamy Chardonnay expression. It has minerality, mild oak, medium+ length and big ‘wow’."
Cameron Douglas MS
"The impressive debut 2013 vintage was fermented in a 50:50 split of new French oak puncheons and seasoned French oak barriques. The bouquet is biscuity, with good complexity; the palate is mouthfilling and vibrant, with concentrated, peachy flavours, slightly spicy and leesy notes, a hint of butterscotch, balanced oak and a long finish. A classy young wine, it shows good cellaring potential."
Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2016
"Ripe pear aromas and vegetal notes. This is a very well made wine."
International Wine Challenge Tranche 1 2015

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The fruit was harvested cool in the mornings and gently transported to the winery where it was whole bunch pressed and the juice left to settle for only 24 hours. This juice was racked soon after with a very large proportion of solids/light lees retained then gravity fed to new 500L puncheons and also 4 year old barriques, where it was left to begin fermentation naturally. We allowed the ferments to get quite warm (up to 30oC) and together with the solids incorporated in the juice have given a wine with deceptive power but still retained the purity of fruit and varietal character. The resultant wine was left on its yeast lees and stirred regularly for around 9 months before being racked and prepared for bottling – no finings were required for this Chardonnay.

Harvest date: 5 April 2013


  • Silver Medal

    London International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014

  • 5 Stars

    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

  • 5 Stars

    Cameron Douglas MS

  • Pure Gold

    Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014

  • 4.5 Stars

    Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2016

  • Silver Medal

    International Wine Challenge Tranche 1 2015

  • Silver Medal

    Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015

  • Gold Medal

    New Zealand International Wine Show 2015