The 2021 Reserve Chardonnay surprised us in the blind tasting as we had all assumed we knew which barrel would win out. We had fermented and aged all our Chardonnay in 600L French oak Puncheons, and it was the third fill barrel that came out as the clear winner when we tasted them side by side, which is not what we had predicted. The perfect amount of oak expression to give the wine some depth and texture, we let it age for 20 months before bottling. The only change we would have made if we could have would be to have made more of it, only 67 cases produced. ~Dru Allen
This Chardonnay opens with aromas of wet stone, green apple, and hints of plantain, accompanied by delicate notes of honeysuckle and white clover. The palate offers a vibrant experience, with crisp flavors that are both fresh and bright. The acidity lingers pleasantly, enhancing the overall liveliness. The wine enters softly and gains momentum through the mid-palate, culminating in a satisfying finish with a subtle touch of baking spice.