Ihumātao Chardonnay
Single Vineyard | Auckland
Ihumātao Chardonnay
Vintage 2022 
The Ihumātao Vineyard is nestled within an ancient volcanic crater on the edge of the Manukau Harbour. With a focus on minimal handling, this site has consistently produced fine, complex and ageworthy Chardonnay since 2005. 2022 is the final vintage from our Ihumatao vineyard.
Settled weather conditions late in 2021 provided an optimum environment for flowering and even fruit set. The important ripening months of January and February were warm and dry, perfect conditions for berry flavour development. Harvest occurred over weeks in late February and the first week of March.
The Ihumatao Vineyard is located within a wind-protected volcanic basin on the edge of the Manukau Harbour in South Auckland. This ancient crater is estimated to be between 30-40,000 years old. The topsoil comprises of peat and clay above a basalt base. Vines range in age up to 15 years and are pruned to one bunch per shoot on VSP trellising.

Elegant and complex

Tasting notes

  • White Peach
  • Cirtus
  • Fresh Pastry

This wine has a pale lemon straw hue and displays a beautiful array of aromas and flavours. The nose possesses white peach and yellow citrus notes combining with bran biscuit, fresh pastry, hazelnuts, flint and toast. With layers of flavour, the succulent mid-palate mouthfeel reveals fine textural complexity and poised acidity leading to an elegant finish.

Pairing suggestions

How to enjoy our Chardonnay

  • Chicken
  • Garlic
  • Lemon

This delicious Chardonnay pairs perfectly with full flavoured savoury dishes such as chicken, veal and rabbit with creamy, garlic or lemon flavoured sauces.


Best served at: 10 °C / 50 °F

Creamy and rounded, with a full body and tasty salted-butter elements to the ripe fruit.



Rich, creamy and texturally seductive wine with Golden Queen peach, tree-ripened apple, mineral and bran biscuit.

93 points

James Suckling

Aromas and flavours of fresh peach and nectarine, then a sweeter citrus note followed by barrel spices and nut.

92 points

Cam Douglas

Bright, light yellow/green, the 2022 vintage is highly fragrant.

Michael Cooper

Recipe pairing

Creamy Chicken Tagliatelle

Rich, cheesy, oh-so-delicious, this Creamy Chicken Tagliatelle with fried sage and walnuts is the ultimate comfort dish. It’s an ideal match to our Chardonnay with its touch of buttery oak and vibrant notes of stone fruits, citrus, and fig.