Sileni Estates is a family-owned winery located in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. The winery was founded in 1997 by Graeme Avery, who named the winery after the Sileni, mythical creatures from Greek mythology who were known for their love of wine. The Cellar Selection Chardonnay is grown on a variety of soil types in Hawke’s Bay, including gravels, silt and clay loam. The different characteristics of these sites provide depth and complexity of flavour.
After harvest at optimum ripeness, grapes were destemmed and gently pressed. Cool ferment temperatures retain fruit aromatics and flavour. A small portion of the blend is aged in French oak barriques. Fifty percent of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation to introduce some creaminess and complexity.
Lightly oaked, this fruit driven wine has layers of citrus and stone fruit flavours. The oak characters are subtle, adding interest without dominating, fine acidity adds length and balance.
This wine pairs well with a wide range of dishes, including seafood, salads, and light appetizers. It is also an excellent choice for sipping on a warm day or as an aperitif.