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Heritage Chardonnay

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2016 Heritage Chardonnay

Heritage Chardonnay 2016

2016 Heritage Chardonnay
A beautiful, vibrant, crisp expression of Green Valley Chardonnay. It shows bright, mouthwatering acidity and a steely minerality that make it savory and elegant. But there’s also a deep, flavorful core of green apple butter, pineapple jam and orange-mango juice. Oak and lees aging lend a creamy, sourdough richness.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2016
ACID .57
BOTTLING DATE October 3, 2017
Varietal Chardonnay
PH 3.4
Residual sugar 1.5
Harvest date August 16, 2016
Alcohol % 13.6

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TASTING NOTES

By nose: Grilled grapefruit, green fig, and light honey notes. By mouth: Bright acidity balances a creamy mouthfeel and long finish.


VINEYARD NOTES

This bottling spotlights the Hyde-Old Wente Clone, which we call a heritage clone because its parentage can be traced back to the 1930s in California. It is a stand out on our site,


WINEMAKER NOTES

The 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. Very approachable upon release, our Heritage Chardonnay exudes Hyde Old Wente clonal characteristics and will age beautifully for years to come.