2016 Les Vents d'Anges Chardonnay
The Chardonnay exhibits a lot of stone fruit character on the niose initially which turns more towards floral notes and yellow fruits with aeration. The palate is lighter, but has a wonderful focus due to the increased aciditiy, while the finish is soft, plush and lengthy. Made in a style that rewards drinking early, this is a unique Chardonnay that is far from standard.
The fruit for this Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed, with free run portion going directly to barrel and the press fraction into tank. After a few days the clear juice was racked off the solids and fermentation was completed 14 days later. The Chardonnay did not undergo Malolactic fermentation, contributing to its higher acidity.