2013 The Drawing Board Estate Chardonnay
Sold in increments of 3
In 2013, with the young vines just beginning to produce fruit from the 2012 grafts, we produced a special cuvée. Like a Drawing Board, these young vines are developing. 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, 3 months in stainless steel tank before bottling and resting 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.
240 cases ~ harvested late August 2013
Farming ~ Organic