Sanford Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2018

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Sanford Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2018

Country - USA

Region - California

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Sanford

Tasting notes - A luxurious and elegant Chardonnay with enticing notes of grilled peach, lemon and toasted hazelnuts. The palate of bright fruit and honeycomb is beautifully framed by crisp acidity and has a rich texture that carries through to the long, clean finish.

Sanford Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2018

Elegant and stylish, with enticing notes of grilled peach,
lemon and toasted hazelnuts layered with bright fruit and
honeycomb. Richly textured with a long finish.
Producer Note
Sanford Winery is a renowned pioneer of cool-climate wine from the Sta. Rita Hills, north
of Santa Barbera. The legendary Sanford & Benedict vineyard was planted in 1971 by
Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict, and from the very first vintages they produced
highly acclaimed wines of great complexity. In 1980, the team of Michael Benedict and
Richard Sanford would go their separate ways. Richard Sanford continued to make the
wines, and subsequently planted the La Rinconada vineyard adjacent to the original
vineyard. In 2002, the Terlato family became partners, by 2007 they bought the entire
vineyard and have been making exceptional wines from these two sustainably
cultivated Cru vineyards ever since. This is a stunning Californian estate, and we are
proud to be the exclusive importer of these iconic wines.

Vineyard
The fruit comes exclusively from the two estate vineyards in the cool-climate area of Sta.
Rita Hills AVA: the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and the La Rinconada Vineyard. The
unusual east-west orientation of the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains, allows cooling
maritime breezes from the Pacific Ocean- just seven miles away- to flow over the
vineyards, bringing with them morning fog. Afternoon breezes dry out any residual
moisture and reduce disease pressure on the vines and clusters. This distinctive mesoclimate promotes a long growing season. The vineyard is split into 52 blocks, each with
an individual soil composition and microclimate. Broadly, the marine based soils in the
‘Sanford & Benedict Vineyard’ are a mixture of clay, loam, fractured shale and chert
(rocky soil) which force the vine’s roots to dig deep into the soil for nutrients and
hydration. The result is naturally low yields of small-berried, concentrated fruit delivering
excellent minerality and acidity. The ‘La Rinconada Vineyard’ is made up of sandy,
gravelly soil, which imparts precise minerality.
Winemaking
The 100% estate fruit was hand-harvested, carefully selected and then gently
destemmed. Each block was vinified separately, to reflect the personality of the
vineyard. The grapes were whole bunch pressed into French oak where the juice
underwent barrel fermentation. The wine spent eight and a half months maturing in 225
litre French oak barrels, of which 20% was new, to ensure the essence of the fruit and
the nuances of the terroir were preserved, while obtaining a soft texture balanced by
vibrant acidity.
Tasting Note
A luxurious and elegant Chardonnay with enticing notes of grilled peach, lemon and
toasted hazelnuts. The palate of bright fruit and honeycomb is beautifully framed by
crisp acidity and has a rich texture that carries through to the long, clean finish.
Grape
Chardonnay 100%

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Vintage 2018
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