Chardonnay Unoaked, El Cerezo 2016

Castillo de Monjardín

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This wine is named for the cherry tree or "El Cerezo" which grows in the middle of the estate vineyard. Its limestone and clay soils, coupled with a microclimate that allows for a long, cool growing season, make this vineyard prized for producing some of the best Chardonnay in the Navarra, if not Spain itself. The grapes are cold-soaked on their skins for eight hours, so despite the fact that it sees no oak, the final wine shows richness and creaminess balanced by a lovely acidity.

Tasting Notes

Youthful lemon-green in color, this wine shows fresh aromas of green apples, tropical fruit, white flowers, and a hint of almonds. The ripe flavors continue to unfold on the palate, with concentration, depth, and creamy minerality.

Food Pairing

This wine is a perfect accompaniment for roast pork tenderloin, chicken saltimbocca, or crab-stuffed flounder.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The El Cerezo vineyard
Vineyard size:
43 acres
Soil composition:
Limestone and clay
Training method:
Cordon Royat
Elevation:
2,046 feet
Vines/acre:
889
Yield/acre:
1.3 tons
Exposure:
Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1988
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
1992
Bottles produced of this wine:
80,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
15 days
Fermentation temperature:
61 °F
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
8 days
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
200 HL
Length of aging before bottling:
2 months
Length of bottle aging:
1 month

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