WindVane Carneros Chardonnay
100% Estate Chardonnay.
Chardonnay grapes, from individual vineyard blocks, are carefully hand harvested at night into small 30lb picking boxes in order to bring the fruit into the winery intact and cold. The grapes are then gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to a stainless steel tank for cold settling. The racked juice is inoculated and transferred, for barrel fermentation, into French oak barrels in our barrel caves. A percentage of the wine is allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to soften the bright acidity. The barrels are stirred (battonage) to mix the lees and build the supple mouthfeel of the wine during monthly toppings.
Aged 9 months in 100% French Oak.
Rich golden yellow.
On the nose, peach and tropical pineapple are supported by toast and brioche.
The fruit gains intensity in the mouth bringing some ripe apple to the full mouthfeel. This Chardonnay is complex and rich, balanced with bright acidity which leads into the long crisp finish.
Grilled prawns, Dungeness crab, adobo rubbed chicken, or citrus grilled pork tenderloin. Semi-hard cheeses such as goat Gouda or aged cheddar.