Characteristics of Chardonnay
Originally from the eponymous Maconnais village, this is white grape reflects the climate wherever its planted in unique ways.
Non aromatic grape; that means that qualities of the vineyard and the winemaking choices Keith will have profound, unique affects on the wine.
For example, our Arch Terrace Chardonnay undergoes a limited amount of “malolactic fermentation” or a second fermentation that add butter and creamy qualities to the wine, whereas our Block 5 Chardonnay undergoes a complete second fermentation.
Another winemaking choice is oak. Where Arch Terrace Chardonnay is aged for a short time in neutral French oak, our Block 5 spends up to 16 months [X months sur lie (or lying on its lees, another word for the spent yeast) in new French oak. The latter adds toasty vanilla and flinty minerality.
Red Mountain Chardonnays are tropical with citrus and pineapple flavors. The can be very full bodied