2017 Chardonnay

We’ve long been dedicated to our love of Chardonnay, and like anything worth its weight, this small but mighty piece of our portfolio has gradually and rightfully emerged as a touchstone for us; alongside its noble cousins, Riesling and Pinot Noir.

A bright golden colour, this wine exhibits a myriad of aromatics starting with fresh nectarine and apple blossom, moving through to spicy notes of clove, rye and nutmeg and then rounding out with what we can only define as warm stone.

Rich flavours of crème brûlée, vanilla and pie crust are juxtaposed by bright pear, tangerine and beeswax. The 2017 vintage gave us lovely complexity in our Chardonnays, with fantastic texture, a lengthy finish and great integration. Expect this wine to age gracefully over the next 5 to 7 years.

The backbone of our flagship Chardonnay is sourced from estate 1985 plantings of Oppenheim, alongside younger components of Dijon clones, planted in 2007 and 2013. The 2017 fruit was picked during a handful of days in mid-September at optimal ripeness. After pressing, the underwent 100% wild fermentation and was then aged for 10 months in primarily neutral oak barriques and puncheons, with 30% new oak incorporated.

ACCOLADES

94 POINTS - Bruce Wallner, WineAlign.com

91 POINTS - David Lawrason, WineAlign.com

90 POINTS - Treve Ring, Gismondi On Wine

VINTAGE NOTES

After a cold winter with high snowfall, the growing season got off to a slower start compared to seasonal averages. True bud break took place during the first week of May; slightly later than seasonal averages. In contrast, the summer was hotter than average and sunny days made up for the late spring.

Although smoke haze from regional fires was present during parts of summer, it actually mitigated hot temperatures. The result was a slowing of the ripening phase, preventing sugar from accumulating too quickly over such a hot period. Fortunately, we saw no influence of smoke on our wines. Overall our crop was slightly lower than average, leading to beautifully concentrated wines with great pedigree and ageability.