Corofin is an artisanal wine label run by husband and wife team Mike and Anna Paterson. Their sole focus is single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and here, they have chosen one of our very favourite vineyards in all of Marlborough, The Wrekin.
The Wrekin is its own 'grand cru' to Marlborough. It's a family owned and operated working farm, owned by Andrew and Jan Johns, and brought to life by biodynamics specialist/viticulturist Jeremy Hyland. It's in the 'Southern Clays' subregion of Marlborough, just down the road from Clayvin Vineyard, and is on rolling North to Northeast facing hills. It's BioGro certified organic too.
Here Mike describes the Chardonnay as "Vivid, grounded, strong citrus and floral support. Tightly curled but expansive. Pure with a salty twist"
Winemaking: Hand-harvested on 15th March 2019. Whole bunches were loaded and pressed slowly over 6 hours to a small stainless steel tank. No enzyme or sulphur additions were made during or post pressing, with a smaller, harder press fraction separated on taste and discarded. After 6 hours settling, the main press fraction was transferred with a high percentage of solids to three 500 litre seasoned French oak puncheons and one 300 litre stainless steel barrel, for fermentation. Primary fermentation took five days to naturally initiate and 5 weeks to complete. A full and natural malolactic fermentation finished early December 2019, after which the young wine was topped and remained on original lees in barrel, without stirring or sulphur, until April 2020. The components were then racked together to tank and sulphured where they remained on lees for a further five months until bottling in October 2020. This wine was bottled without fining or filtration. Alcohol: 13.0%.
All said, we love it. We love the Wrekin. We love Corofin. We love this wine.