Originally planted by Fromm in 1996, the Folium Vineyard is located in Marlborough’s Brancott Valley. Since 2011, this beautiful site has been owned and tended by the inimitable Takaki Okada, who lives in a little house in the middle of his vines. The dirt here is ‘Southern Valley’ clay, around 1.5 metres deep, sitting on top of gravelly silt. These soils retain sufficient moisture during dry summers to balance the growth of the vines without the need for irrigation. Mike explains that the Chardonnay from this dry grown site delivers the holy trinity of ‘ripeness, precision and harmony’, reflecting Takaki’s sensitive farming practices and the vineyards ungrafted, deep rooted vines. Sadly Corofin only get to work with just five rows (1,200 vines). Here, the aromatic purity is quite striking with vivid yellow plum and Nashi pear notes. Crunchy stone fruit comes through on the palate, though quite generous in fruit and clearly ripe. It remains super tight and chalky with earthy, mineral-like flavours and a focused, pristine finish. Brilliant Chardonnay. Winemaking notes: Whole bunch pressed slowly over six hours; no additions were made during or post pressing; transferred with a high percentage of solids to one 500 litre oak puncheon and one seasoned French oak barrique for fermentation; natural, six week fermentation with full malo; remained on original lees in barrel, without stirring or sulphur, until late March 2017; brought together in stainless steel before bottling without fining and filtration.