2015 Chardonnay Reserve
August 19, 2016
This elegant Chardonnay has layered aromas of lemon shortbread, pineapple, peach, and a hint of white floral notes. A rich creamy mouthfeel and bright acidity frame the complex, well-balanced flavours of bbaked apple, pear, lemon curd, nectarine, buttery brioche, hazelnuts, with hints of spice on the long finish.
Clone 76, own rooted, planted 1994, cane pruned and then shoot thinned to produce 2.5 short tons per acre.
Chardonnay exclusively from our 21 year old vineyard block on the Allendale property was harvested in early October. The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed to obtain a lower yield of premium juice. The juice was racked to our finest French oak barrels (25% new) for fermentation, with lees stirring every day. Lees stirring continued through Malolactic fermentation, every third day. The finished wine sat on the lees for 11 months before blending and bottling in August 2016.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine is a perfect complement to roasted pork loin, creamy seafood pasta, lobster, raclette, lemon-roasted chicken, or a light summer salad.