2012 Chamise Chardonnay
Our Chamise Chardonnay opens with aromas of pineapple, papaya, apricot and vanilla cream. The palate bursts with bright nuances of creamy lemon meringue, fresh green mango, golden pear and toasted macadamia nuts. This is a classically luxurious Chardonnay with bright, clean fruit and a beautiful custard finish framed by vibrant acidity.
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now contains 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors.
2012 was a classic vintage. A very dry, cold winter led into a Spring with rainfall just prior to budbreak, giving the vines hydration at the start of the growing season. Spring temperatures increased quickly, generating rapid vine growth while warm, calm conditions during flowering ensured a healthy yield. A long, consistent summer provided even ripening with retention of acidity, and lack of harvest heat waves allowed for picking at perfect maturity.
This blend represents the top five barrels of Chardonnay from our Estate vineyard in 2012. The grapes were hand picked and hand sorted before being gently whole cluster pressed and racked to 100% new French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine was then aged on the lees for 12 months followed by a further 4 months in barrel. Frequent stirring of the lees and 100% malolactic fermentation built the incredible texture of this wine.
The grapes for our Chamise Chardonnay come from an extremely limited selection of Clone 352 on the Northern edge of our Estate Vineyard. This area of the vineyard has Chamise Shaley Loam soils which devigorate the vines, giving better concentration and retention of acidity.