This Chardonnay opens with intense aromas of apples and melons, joined by signature characters of crème brulee, caramelized sugar and butterscotch. Ripe orchard fruit flavors are joined by creamy, buttery notes and balanced by lively acidity.
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Total Acidity 0.54 g/100mL
Alcohol Content: 13.6%
Barrel Aging: 75%was placed into a combination of new and one-to-three year old American and French oak barrels for fermentation. 25% of the blend was stainless steel fermented to increase varietal aromas and enhance the wine’s overall bouquet.
The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer.
Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with nicely resolved tannins and maturity.
The Embodiment of Extraordinary Winemaking
Every aspect of the winemaking process is carefully controlled during the production of Grand Estates. These uncompromising winemaking practices – while time-consuming and costly – are the only way to guarantee that every bottle of Grand Estates represents the varietal expression of the region. It’s this devotion to quality that has cemented Grand Estates as one of the world’s best wine values.