GOLD MEDAL | Mundus Vini 2021
GOLD MEDAL | International Wine Show 2021
FIVE STARS 94/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
From Monterey, a slightly cooler sub-region of California, comes this delightful chardonnay. It takes all the things that we love in Cali Chardy and turns them up a notch; toasty caramel notes, buttery characters and creamy mouthfeel all meld seamlessly and the result is a truly delicious glass of wine.
Grapes are left on the vine slightly longer than normal and are picked when the balance between acidity and fruit ripeness is absolutely perfect. The grapes are pressed immediately after harvest and then fermentation occurs in a combination of stainless steel tanks and French and American Oak barrels to add body and complexity.
If you're a fan of American Chardonnay and are looking for your new favourite, you've just found it.
Sam Kim writes "Stylish and complex, the inviting bouquet shows apricot, vanilla, roasted hazelnut and brioche characters. The palate is equally satisfying with excellent weight and roundness combined with creamy mouthfeel and beautifully pitched acidity, making it engaging and sophisticated."
The winery writes "The 446 Chardonnay exhibits vibrant aromas of pineapple, yellow peach, vanilla and toasted oak. This medium-bodied wine is balanced, showcasing a creamy mid-palate and crisp acidity. Bright flavors of mango, kiwi and honeydew melon are supported by hints of lemon zest and cinnamon butter."