There is purity to this wine that asserts itself as the first delicate notes rise from the glass. Citrus elements in the theme of lemon tart dominate with an underpinning of sub-tropical fruit, lychee, complimented by the delicate fragrance of spring flowers. The palate offers a flinty freshness with notes of lemon custard and blanched almond. Modest ripeness eliminates any heat on the finish from excess alcohol. Respectful treatment in the cellar allows the varietal character of old vine Chardonnay to enjoy the spotlight.
Fermentation was conducted in a range of vessels, mostly neutral oak with just a touch of new, steam bent, French Oak (25%) to support but not overwhelm the fruit. A concrete Egg was utilized on half of the volume to impart creaminess. Malo-Lactic fermentation was inhibited to preserve the bright acidity which is this wine’s hallmark.