2011 Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
100% estate-grown Chardonnay from our Pastorale Vineyard.
Aged 13 months in 60% new and 40% two- to three-year-old French oak puncheons and barrels before bottling on February 14, 2013.
The grapes that went into this limited production wine came from the best block of Chardonnay planted at the Freestone estate. This block is planted to a mixture of heirloom selections, three of which went into this wine. One clone gives the wine its richness, the second adds minerality and the final clone provides a bright freshness to the blend. Grapes were whole cluster pressed cold and barrel fermented slowly over several months, followed by malolactic fermentation. Barrels were stirred as necessary, adding rich texture and mild toasted nut flavors to the finished wine.
Fragrant aromas of white flower, honeysuckle, lemon zest and stone fruit captivate the senses followed by tangerine oil, lemon tart and notes of Bosc pear on the palate. Firm, bright acidity frames a long, viscous finish filled with creamy vanilla, spice and citrus.
The 2011 growing season was marked by cool weather and rain that lasted until June. Bud break and bloom were later than usual, but by the summer months, moderate temperatures and afternoon sunshine kicked the growing season into gear. A warming trend in September helped the grapes ripen to maturity.
The 2011 Chardonnay growing season was slow and cool, producing exceptional fruit quality with balanced sugar and acid levels. The finished wines are intensely concentrated with a distinctly Freestone spice element.