2018 Chardonnay Reserve
August 20th, 2018
This Reserve Chardonnay has both richness and intensity showcasing aromas of melon, grilled pineapple, green apple and papaya. Lemon meringue, beurre blanc and cashew notes add complexity to the palate. 100% estate grown fruit, exclusively from the old block vines. A higher percentage of new French oak (25%) with more frequent lees stirring. 60% malolactic fermentation with 10months barrel ageing on lees.
Liquidity Chardonnay Clone 76, exclusively from our oldest block planted 1994, cane pruned and then shoot and fruit thinned to produce 3 short tons per acre.
Chardonnay exclusively from our 23-year-old vineyard block on the Allendale property was harvested in late September at 23.4 Brix. The grapes were whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in French oak with daily lees stirring. 23% of the barrels were new French oak and the remaining were neutral (3-8 years old). Partial Malolactic fermentation followed with 60% of the barrels going to completion. The wine was aged on lees for 11 months before final blending and bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Classic pairing with richer seafood dishes like fresh lobster or cedar plank salmon