Early Mountain Madison County Chardonnay 2019


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Grape Variety​: 95% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Gris

Winemaker Note​:  We approach this Chardonnay with an eye on freshness, precision and texture.This is a fine line to walk, as it is easier to embrace a distinct style, such as tank-fermented and fresh,or oaky and textured. The wine was barrel fermented and aged, with primarily older French oak - anda bit of new (less than 20%) northern European oak, coopered in Austria. It was bottled in late Julywith partial malolactic fermentation; a technique we are able to employ for texture and mouthfeel, aswe modify our farming approach to favor acidity and freshness. The result is a wine with theroundness and flavors of aging in barrel, on the lees, but also one that retains freshness and theenergy of the vintage.

Barrel Regimen: ​Fermented and aged in barrel, a mix of 500L and 228L, 18% new. Older wood isFrench and northern European and the new wood is northern European.

Food Pairing​:  This wine is balanced enough to be a refreshing complement to briny shellfish and allmanner of seafood, as well as a nice contrasting note to the richness of soft and mild cheeses, andlight cream preparations and pasta dishes like carbonara.

In the Vineyard: The 2019 vintage provided optimal ripening conditions for Chardonnay; because of this we had the luxury of separating our harvest picks, earlier to embrace acidity and those later to influence texture.  This wine presents fresh and vibrant aromatics, displaying bright citrus and apple, with stone fruits, dried mango and guava following.  The savoury character of the wine is highlighted by herbal and spice notes of bayleaf, allspice, brought out by lees aging.  This wine presents medium-bodied with lively acidity on the finish.