Tasting Notes: The nose opens with aromas of rocky minerality, white peach and lime rind. Flavors of ripe peach, citrus and macadamia nuts mingle on the crisp, mineral palate with a long creamy finish.
Romance Copy: The fruit for our 2014 Chassé Chardonnay was hand harvested from twenty year old vines shortly after dawn on September 15th at Durant Vineyards in the Red Hills of Dundee. Immediately following harvest, the fruit was covered and immediately transported to our estate winery where we hand sorted through the clusters as our winemaker made preparations to 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 100% neutral French oak barrels. Bâttonage, which is the stirring of the barrels, was carefully performed weekly. 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.