Grape Variety: 97% Chardonnay, 3% 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 northern European oak, coopered in Austria. It was bottled in June having finished 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: The 2019 vintage provided optimal ripening conditions for Chardonnay; because of this we had the luxury of separating our harvest picks, earlier to embrace acidity and those later to influence texture. This wine presents fresh and vibrant aromatics, displaying bright citrus and apple, with stone fruits, dried mango and guava following. The savoury character of the wine is highlighted by herbal and spice notes of bayleaf, allspice, brought out by lees aging. This wine presents medium-bodied with lively acidity on the finish.
Barrel Regimen: Fermented and aged in barrel, a mix of 500L and 228L, 25% new. Older wood is French and northern European and the new wood is northern European.