Cave Black Chardonnay
Free draining soils and steep slopes results in our Chardonnay vineyard producing low yields of intensely concentrated fruit. The Cave Block saw a relatively calm growing season, with warm and dry conditions from early October to mid-May. Infrequent rain events during this time gave the vines a welcome drink. Flowering occurred during the mild spring producing an above average crop which was allowed to ripen fully through the warm summer and autumn.
The fruit was meticulously picked by hand, before whole bunch pressing to a mix of new and older French oak barriques. Winemaking included a parcel of wild fermentation, light lees contact and partial malolactic fermentation to naturally adjust acidity for balance and structure.
The warmer season is immediately evident with the addition of ripe nectarine, peach skin and orange blossom complimenting the fine citrus characters that identify the Cave Block Chardonnay. The palate is generous in texture and softness, due mainly to the sense of riper fruit flavours carrying over from aromas, as well as a softening of acidity from the warmer season. French oak and subtle lees contact give complexity to the long fresh finish.
PRESS AND REVIEWS
93 points – Antonion Galloni, Vinous.com
The 2016 is positivley stellar. Powerful and deep in the glass, with unusual depth, the 2016 has so much to offer. There is a level of sheer richness I have never seen in this bottling before. This is a very serious wine at the appellation level. Then again, the core of this wine is now composed of vineyards that belong to to Domaine de la Côte. If there is one wine that over delivers big time in 2016, sandhi’s Santa Rita Hills Pinoit is it. Don’t miss it. September 2018