2014 The Drawing Board Estate Chardonnay

2014 The Drawing Board Estate Chardonnay


In 2014, we had our biggest harvest to date on the vineyard. Despite making an extra pass pruning and (or perhaps because) experiencing our 2nd year of drought, the vines fought to complete their cycle and succeeded by producing more juice for our 2nd cuvée. Like a Drawing Board, these young vines continue to develop in complexity. Planted to Riparia rootstock and farmed organically and largely by hand with the same care as the rest of the vineyard, the quality of the fruit (from clones 4, 15 & 76) was outstanding.  Whole clusters were pressed to tank, settled, racked to a 2nd tank. Once active, the fermenting juice was transferred to 10% new French Oak, 90% neutral barrels for 15 months. They were racked to stainless steel tank for 3 months before bottling and resting this past year. On the pallette, the fruit is bright, fresh & crisp with high grapefruit tones, which balances the natural warmth of the chardonnay grape. The fruit coming off this riverbed site continues to showcase high minerality and acidity. As with all the Wenzlau Estate wine, there is no acidification, chaptalization, fining or filtering. 

216 cases ~ harvested mid August 2014

13.5%alc.

Farming ~ Organic

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