2014 Chardonnay Estate
August 14, 2015
With nutty notes and aromas of pineapple, grilled peach, vanilla and lime zest, this creamy wine offers bright acidity and flavours of apple, peach, papaya, lemon cream tart, pineapple and crème brûlée, with elegance and a long finish.
Clone 76, own rooted, planted 1994, plus Clone 76 on 3309 rootstock, planted 2010, cane pruned and then shoot and fruit thinned to produce 3 short tons per acre.
Chardonnay, exclusively from our Allendale Vineyard, was harvested in late September and whole cluster pressed. The juice was racked to mostly neutral (14% new) French oak barrels. Predominantly native barrel fermentations were carried out with regular lees stirring, which continued through partial malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged for 11 months before blending and bottling in August.
Food Pairing Notes
This Chardonnay would complement shellfish with garlic butter, grilled chicken on creamy pasta, herb-crusted fish, or semi-soft cheeses.