Grape Variety: 95% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Gris
Winemaker Note: We approach this Chardonnay with an eye on freshness, precision and texture. This is a fine line to walk, as it is easier to embrace a distinct style, such as tank-fermented and fresh, or oaky and textured. The wine was barrel fermented and aged, with primarily older French oak - and a bit of new (less than 20%) northern European oak, coopered in Austria. It was bottled in late July with partial malolactic fermentation; a technique we are able to employ for texture and mouthfeel, as we modify our farming approach to favor acidity and freshness. The result is a wine with the roundness and flavors of aging in barrel, on the lees, but also one that retains freshness and the energy of the vintage.
Wine Description: A return to a more classical style, after the riper 2017 vintage, this wine presents as floral and pure in the aromatics. The flavors lean toward the citrus side of the fruit spectrum with tart apple and pear in the background. As a result the mineralic character of the wine shows through, acting as bridge between the fruit and more savory components of the lees aging. The wine is medium bodied with acidity cleansing the finish.