Nose

delicate aromas of citrus and jasmine blossom, nectarine and a light hint of honey and toast.

Palate

The citrus and stone fruit flavors are complemented by a bright acidity. The mid-palate displays a creamy texture that balances beautifully with the citrus and honeysuckle flavors.

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were handpicked at sunrise and came straight to the winery, where they were whole cluster pressed, using a slow “champagne” cycle that gently pushes the must rendering clean juice but few solids. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper placed 100% of the juice into French oak barrels (50% new) specifically coopered for Artesa Chardonnay. After primary fermentation, 80% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation and then aged on its lees for ten months. The wines were tasted weekly and racked once prior to bottling.