WINEMAKING NOTES Careful pressing of whole clusters minimized skin contact. This gentle process helped the wine achieve balance and develop a silky mouth-feel with enhanced aging potential. The wine fermented in French oak barrels with 50% undergoing malolactic fermentation, (Tonnelleries: Francois Frêres, Damy, Gauthier, and Latour Oak type: Allier and Troncais, medium and medium + toast). The wine then spent 10 months on the lees in French oak barrels (49 % new) prior to bottling without fining or filtration.
TASTING NOTES The 2016 Hope’s Cuvée Chardonnay is rich, explosive and beautifully layered. Honey, almonds, orange blossoms and butterscotch all burst onto the palate in an elegant style Chardonnay with plenty of finish and refinement.