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The 2019 Native Yeast Chardonnay is a selection from one of the most prized blocks on the estate. Fermenting with native yeast from the vineyards gives the wine a unique mouth feel and heightens the expression of the Hyde Old Wente clone. It shows the special mineral characteristics that are the signatures of a cool climate.
By nose melon, cantaloupe, and honeysuckle with a touch of green apple. Creamy throughout the mouth. The front palate is bright with great acidity and flavors of juicy apple followed by honeysuckle and white flower. The mid palate is balanced and shows a lot of minerality with a nice texture and long finish.
This bottling spotlights the Hyde Old Wente Clone, which can be traced back to the 1930s in California. It is a stand out on our site,
The Hyde Old Wente grapes had at least an hour of skin contact in the press, mainly for flavor extraction. Fermentation is in 100% brand new French oak barrels, with the difference that the staves are water bent (instead of fire bent), which tones down the impact of the wood. Frequent lees stirring, or ‘batonnage’ at least three times a week for over seven months, contributes to the long finish and unique mouth-feel.