Chardonnay is a very versatile variety and is grown in many different countries and regions, each providing its own interpretation and ‘personality’. Paso Robles is not your typical Chardonnay environment. It has seasonably very warm days but, thankfully, cooler nights which result in the grapes having the ability to become quite ripe. There has been a tendency in the past, particularly in California to produce very ripe Chardonnay styles and load them up with oak.
This has led to the formation of ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) consumers who we have targeted to return to drinking one of the most widely planted white varieties. Chris Cameron, our Australian Winemaker, has benefited greatly from experiencing Chardonnay production in many regions and countries. Warm climate Chardonnay winemaking is tricky business and his approach through reductive handling produces wines of fresher fruit and brighter appearance.
The final blend was approximately 60% from our Block 1K, with the remainder Chardonnay from our Block 2A, which was fermented entirely in stainless steel. This combination of different fermentations allows the wine to retain freshness while maximizing the depth and complexity of barrel fermentation.
On the nose, this wine has aromas of toasted oak, caramel and buttered popcorn, with vanilla, oak, and spice notes on the palate, combined with a bright crisp mouthfeel. Pair with seafood dishes and delicious with pizza with white sauce.