Tasting Notes

2016 Late Harvest Chardonnay

This wine truly is the nectar of the Gods!

Only in an absolutely perfect growing season will you, especially in Georgia, be able to achieve optimal conditions within the vineyard to be able to produce a wine of this calibre.

The 2016 vintage was a perfect growing season, and allowed us to take a chance on crafting a Botrytis affected dessert wine.

This year we were able to get the sugars to naturally achieve 36 Brix (36%), which is unheard of here in Georgia. When harvested, we cold settled the wine to precipitate solids out, then transferred the clean juice to a brand new french oak barrel where it slowly fermented for long 3 months, while stirring the wine on it's lees each month to create a creaminess. The wine was left in oak for a total of 12 months, then bottled and aged for 2 years.

2016 Late Harvest Chardonnay bottle

Technical Information

Appellation:

100% Georgia

Varietal: 

100% Clone 96 & Clone 17 Chardonnay 

Alc/Vol: 

16.9%

pH: 

3.54pH

Harvest Date: 

2nd November, 2016 

Bottled:

January 26th, 2018

Cases Produced: 

54 (375ml split bottles)

Good to Know

Botrytis is a mold that punctures the skin of the grape very delicately, allowing for water to escape and thus dehydrating the berry and concentrating the sugars. Botrytis is also known in the old land as "Noble Rot".
Notable regions of Botrytis affected wines are Sauternes from France, Tokaji (pronounced Toh-kai) from Hungary and Beerenauslese or Trockenbeerenauslese wines from Germany and Austria.

Pairings

Best Pairings for 2016 Late Harvest Chardonnay

a wooden cutting board

Stinky Cheese

a plate of food with rice

Peach Cobbler

a piece of cake on a plate

Foie Gras