The nose presents aromas of ripe green apples, pineapple, toasted almonds and sea salt. The palate echoes these elements on top of a lush mouthfeel and zippy acidity that prolongs the lengthy tropical fruit finish.
The fruit for our 2014 Chaîné Chardonnay is a blend of Espiguette 352, Dijon 76 and Draper clones. The fruit was hand harvested and placed in harvest bins, which were promptly covered to protect the fruit and immediately transported to our estate winery where the clusters were hand sorted so that our winemaker could begin the art of limited input winemaking.
Fermentation began naturally by the native yeasts provided by nature in the vineyard and our Chardonnay was aged sur lie (on the lees) for six months in a blend of neutral French oak and stainless steel. Bâttonage, which is the stirring of the barrels, was carefully performed each week. These old world, artisanal winemaking techniques add a dimension of creaminess, texture and complexity to the mouthfeel while maintaining the wonderful aromas and flavors of the fruit.