This wine starts with beautiful aromatics of white flowers, delicate white peach, lemon zest and peach blossom. The palate leads with a bright mouthfeel with lemon curd notes and great minerality from the concrete on the finish. This is such a fun wine and shows the beauty and simplicity of the concrete fermentation.
2021 was a beautiful vintage. The winter was quite dry with far lower than average rainfalls but we had a few spring rains that helped us out. The growing season was warm but very even and without any adverse weather events. We picked slightly earlier than average but because of the very small crop this vintage, flavors are intense and concentrated.
We are so excited to present our first concrete tank fermented and aged Chardonnay. After picking and whole cluster pressing, the juice was moved into a concrete egg for indigenous fermentation. The shape of the egg allowed for natural mixing to occur within the wine which gave great fermentation kinetics. After fermentation, the tank was topped up and then stored for 8 months. At 8 months, we racked the wine off primary lees to a stainless steel tank to rest for 8 weeks before bottling.
This comes from our Morningsong Estate Vineyard Clone 4 Chardonnay. We picked this earlier than our pick for our other block of chardonnay in order to maintain the natural acidity and encourage the minerality to persist.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine compliments foods with salinity very well such as gravlax, oysters, ceviche or an aged parmesan.