2015 Peak Chardonnay
VINTAGE: Compared to the bountiful harvests of 2012, 2013, 2014, and again in 2016, the 2015 Vintage produced quite modest yields. Early budbreak was followed by relatively warm temperatures until May, when the temperature suddenly dropped to record-breaking levels, which slowed bloom to set, producing variation in berry maturity and yield. The Pinot Noir was unhurriedly harvested between August 17 — September 8, one of the many advantages of growing grapes overlooking the cool Pacific Ocean. Chardonnay was picked September 10 — September 12 and finally the slower ripening Pinotage on September 24th. The lower yields delivered exceptional wines that are layered, focused and showing gracious purity. Ideal acidity levels are prevalent in all the wines, with well-developed tannins and structure for drinking now or for aging.
WINEMAKING: The grapes for this Chardonnay were handpicked during the cool hours of the night in small two-gallon picking trays then hand sorted in the vineyard and gently whole cluster pressed at the winery. After pressing, the juice was put into barrels and underwent primary and malolactic fermentation in a combination of 50% new and 50% neutral French oak. This wine is comprised of small-berried old Hyde field selection chosen for its richness with a sleek structure and small-berried old Wente for its luscious fruit and grace. These heritage field selections have full, complex flavors that are intensified by the small size of both the bunches and the berries.
TASTING NOTES: The decadent aromatics of brioche, apricot and a hint of honeysuckle. There is great breadth on the palate. The layers of peach, Bosc pear, and zesty apricot all carry through the lingering finish. The Peak cuvée represents the concentration and power attained from the low yields and small berries grown in particular blocks towards the top of the vineyard.