2014 Estate Chardonnay
While it is never easy to compensate for Mother Nature’s peculiarities, this wine is undoubtedly enhanced by the work we did in the vineyard. It is a blend of two separate harvesting dates (early and late) from our Dijon clone 76 block. The vines are vertically shoot positioned (VSP) and the crop was thinned to a maximum of three tons per acre. Row orientation is north/south which provides even sun exposure from morning and afternoon.
At McIntyre our winemaking style is minimalistic. We endeavor to let the beautiful fruit shine through with limited intervention. The grapes for this Chardonnay were harvested and hand-sorted in the early morning hours. Primary and malolactic fermentations were carried out with the wild, indigenous yeast and bacteria that naturally thrive in the vineyard.