2017 Estate Chardonnay
Fresh, medium bodied white wine, golden straw in color. Notes of pineapple and green apple fruit. Silky mouthfeel. It has flavors of lemon grass that carry the complex, not overly-oaked finish.
Estate Vineyard to the North and slightly west of our tasting room and production facility. Bilateral cordon trained into vertical shoot position (VSP). French 96/Clone 70 of Chardonnay was grafted onto 5BB rootstock. Planted in 2014. Pruning and shoot thinning were done to keep cluster counts in balance, leaves were pulled on the north side of the vine as the rows oriented east to west. 2017 was the first vintage we harvested fruit from this vineyard.
Grapes were hand-picked in the morning and gently whole cluster pressed to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank. The juice was racked and fermented in neutral oak barrels using multiple yeast strains. All the wine went through malolactic fermentation, but does not carry an overly buttery taste or mouthfeel.