2022 Elke Vineyard Chardonnay
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Out of the glass, aromas of lemon meringue, vanilla, and honeysuckle. In companionship to the notable acidity, a ripe apricot, a touch of toasty richness, and a hint of honey elevate this elegant Chardonnay beyond any vintage before!
2022 was the last of three years of draught which was saved by a significant rainfall in April. This rain replenished the soil before a long summer allowing the vines to fully develop their canopy in the spring, followed by a long arduous summer of fruit development. Crop level, which is largely determined in the previous year was still very light. It was a relatively long, cool summer punctuated by a heat spike a couple weeks before harvest which ushered in the ripe fruit.
The grapes were harvested early in the morning and whole bunch pressed into tank. After 48 hours settling the juice was racked into French oak barrels (25% new). The barrels were not inoculated, and three days later wild yeast began to noticeably ferment. After about 15 days the barrels were inoculated with malo-lactic bacteria as the ferments finished. The barrels were topped and stirred biweekly until the new year, then only topped. The wine remained on lees for six months. This wine was filtered to allow aging but not fined.
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new French oak
|July 18th, 2023