Chardonnay 3L 2012
About This Wine
Color: deep shiny yellow gold with touches of diamond
On the nose: strong toasted Brioche with touches of crème brûlée, caramel and dried apricot lingering on jasmine, mango and pineapple
On the palate: soft entrance evolving on persimmon and pear with touches of white cherries, coconut and toasted marshmallows
2012 proved to be a vintage of extremes. This is not because of frost, heat, or rain, but mainly due to the high yield of fruit. The growing season was ideal with no frost, a mild spring, and a very temperate, long growing season. This allowed all varietals to ripen to their optimum condition with significant concentration and complexity. The biggest challenges were to find space to ferment and to manage the tannin structure of the very thick-skinned red vintage. This means that winemakers who simply apply had a challenging year as tannin levels were at twice the average level.