2017 Chalk Hill Chardonnay Felta, Chalk Hill AVA
For our 2017 Felta Chardonnay, the characteristics are aromas of yellow peach, apple, buttered croissant, and a hint of vanilla custard. The palate is full and elegant with a creamy texture and inviting flavors of ripe nectarine, buttered croissant and vanilla.
September 20-21, 2017
24.9° Avg Brix at harvest
15 months; 100% French oak, 70% new
100% native yeast fermentation in barrel; 100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage
December 15, 2018
Each Chardonnay barrel is unique, from variations in the barrels themselves to the particular native yeast population that ferments the juice in that barrel. When blending our club Chardonnays, we choose the specific barrels that best show off the characteristics of that vineyard.
Chalk Hill Estate has a long history experimenting with Chardonnay, both in the vineyard and the winery. One of the great things about an estate is the ability to take the time to do things carefully and thoughtfully. Each Chardonnay block here is planted with the ideal clone and rootstock, the result of years of learning what works best where. This Chardonnay takes its name from the alluvial soil on our estate called Felta. Its gravelly texture and naturally balanced nutrients allow for optimum growing conditions for Chardonnay.