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Wine Details

Decouverte Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Dundee Hills AVA
  • 75cl bottle

The wine reflects a golden and bright colour. Complex and elegant floral nose (white rose, honeysuckle), with notes of lemon peel and apricot, and then fine spice and grilled hazelnut. On the palate, the wine delivers elegance and energy, being both ample and generous, with some delicate mineral nuances. Long and intense after taste.

Vineyards

Découverte Vineyard. The grapes are handpicked in the heart of the rolling landscape of the Dundee Hills wine region and defined by the volcanic Jory soils.

Vintage

2018 has, in short, been probably the most successful vintage since 2015, with some growers harping back to 1990 and even 1947! However, unlike both these vintages, the yields were kind to the growers such were the perfect weather conditions from bud break through to harvest. The end of the vegetative growth cycle took place in hot and often very dry conditions across the region. Isolated localised thunderstorms in July brought with them a sprinkling of rain. In the Côte de Nuits, the south of Nuits Saint-Georges was struck twice by hailstorms. Luckily, however, there was little damage to the vineyards. The vines remained healthy and the sun shone consistently throughout summer. There was barely any need for triage, and it took us a fortnight to pick the entire domaine. For the whites there was an excellent levels of ripeness that lead us to expect great white wines that will be both rich and opulent but balanced by appropriate levels of freshness. In reds, the level of concentration is rare indeed. Colours are deep, yet tannins have an incredibly supple character, the result of perfect levels of ripeness at harvest.

Winemaking

Classic Burgundian fermentation is followed by 16 months ageing in French oak barrels (30% new).

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Salads and Picnics
  • Mild Creamy Cheeses
Perfect with grilled or roasted chicken, fish or vegetable tart.