Leyda Chardonnay 2015

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100% Chardonnay from estate vineyards in the Leyda Valley. The grapes were harvested by hand on four different occasions between March 26th and April 10th. The harvest was divided over a number of days due to the variable exposure of the parcels and in order to foster different components and flavors for the final blend. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed at low pressure, and the juice was then chilled down to 46º F and clarified up to 120-130 NTU. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out entirely in stainless steel tanks in order to obtain a fresh wine. Neutral yeasts were used to highlight the purity of this grape variety.  Fermentation was carried out at low temperatures (55-60°F) for 18 days. The wine was aged on its lees for six months with a batonnage regime in order to enhance roundness and volume on the palate.

Tasting Notes

Fresh and fruit driven on the nose with ripe citrus and subtle tropical aromas, mineral notes and hint of honey. Sharp and well balanced with a sweet front palate complemented by a nice minerality. Good structure and a lingering acidity.

Food Pairing

Pair with chicken curry, tuna tartare, or shrimp risotto.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The El Maiten vineyard
Vineyard size:
225 acres
Soil composition:
Clay-Loam and Granite
Training method:
Double-Guyot
Elevation:
990 feet
Vines/acre:
2,200
Yield/acre:
4.0 tons
Exposure:
Northeastern / Northwestern
Year vineyard planted:
2008
Harvest time:
March-April
First vintage of this wine:
2001
Bottles produced of this wine:
126,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
18 days
Fermentation temperature:
56-61 °F
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling:
6 months
Length of bottle aging:
36 months

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