2017 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum)
91 Points - Robert Parker
Both poised and expressive our 2017 Estate Chardonnay delivers aromas of lemon, zested orange peel and a hint of toasted marshmallow from the oak influence. Balanced and full with concentrated flavors of lemon oil are followed by rich and creamy minerality. Our Chardonnay is known for its long, rich and elegant finish, and this vintage is no exception.
September 12th - October 4, 2017
24.7° Avg Brix at harvest
11 months in 100% French oak, 44% new
100% native yeast fermentation in barrel; 100% malolactic fermentation with bi-weekly bâtonnage for 5 months, then monthly
2017 began with heavy rains in winter, which reinvigorated the vineyards going into bud break. The region had sunny days throughout the spring and summer, and a heat spike in August which propelled the harvest schedule.
THE CHALK HILL 2017 Estate Chardonnay captures the vibrant, complex and classic character of our estate-grown grapes. We are dedicated to making exceptional Chardonnay, and no detail is overlooked. In the vineyard, focused planting of the ideal clone on each vineyard block, managing yields for optimum ripeness and balance, and the work of a dedicated crew are among the keys to our success. Chardonnay is a winemaker’s grape, molded into its most interesting self by native yeast fermentation and aging in carefully chosen French oak barrels and frequent lees stirring. It is a labor-intensive wine, but the rewards are most certainly worth the hard work and attention.