2017 Proprietor's Reserve Chardonnay
10 months in 60% New French Oak Barriques sur lie
Aromas of candied apple, butterscotch, and toasted almond. The palate sees hints of sage and dried herbs with lemon meringue pie and honeydew melon with a sensuous finish.
Sourced from the award-winning vineyard Tudor Hills Vineyards.
Throughout harvest, Winemaker Richard Batchelor worked closely with local growers and visited each vineyard to taste for maturity and ripeness to determine the precise moment to pick the fruit. Grapes were harvested during the cool hours of the morning to preserve bright fruit notes and destemmed into the press, where each lot was processed on a champagne cycle. This is a slower press cycle that is extremely gentle on the fruit ensuring optimum fruit character is preserved. The juice was kept separate and partially fermented in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves. Once fermentation was finished, this wine was blended together to encapsulate the varietal character and highlight the harmony arising from the wood fermented portion.
Cases produced: 403