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