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Melville Estate Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 2020

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Melville Estate Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 2020

  • Country USA
  • ABV 13.7%
  • Case size 12 / 75cl
  • The scent of the shallow ocean gives way to crushed chalk followed by lime, underripe pineapple, and honeysuckle. The palate electrifies with citrus notes of kumquats and lime. The signature sunshine takes the stage in the glass in the form of vibrant pineapple and golden kiwi. Melville's chardonnay is planted predominantly on the west side of the estate, on poor soils and without any shelter from the brunt of brutal ocean winds. These conditions cause the chardonnay to capture the vibrancy, minerality, and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. The fruit was harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight, and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral French oak barrels, with zero malolactic and sur lie aging without any lees disturbance.

The Melville Estate Vineyards and Winery are situated just north of LA in the unique microclimate of the Santa Rita Hills. Here the Humbolt Current, which pulls cold air up the Pacific Coast from Antarctica, abruptly turns inland, bringing refreshing Pacific air and strong winds up into the otherwise warm hillside vineyards.

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CountryUnited States
Bottles Per Case12
Bottle Size75
2 cases 10% offNo

The result is an extraordinary diurnal shift and the longest ripening season in California, making for grapes that achieve incredible levels of complexity and ripeness whilst retaining wonderful acidity. Consistently rated as one of the top 100 wineries in North America, Melville Estate takes this fantastic base material and, through careful vinification practices produce wines of elegance and complexity that clearly show their unique terroir.

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