Knights Bridge West Block Chardonnay

Vintage: 2009
Variety: Chardonnay
Appellation: Knights Valley
Vineyard: Knights Bridge Vineyard
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Our Estate Chardonnay is planted on alluvial soils in the benchland of Knights Valley, supplementing the near perfect harvest weather for Chardonnay production. 2009 had a long, cool growing season which yielded intense complex fruit.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes: Shimmering gold in color with a slight green hue, and a nose of sweet cream, spiced pear and honeysuckle. The palate is wonderfully layered and rich, with créme caramel, pecan and quince. The finish is long and shows additional notes of citrus and sweet oak.

Average Age of Vines: Eighteen years
Harvest Dates: September 28, 2009
Cases Produced: 200

Winemaking Techniques: The grapes were harvested at 26º brix, pressed cold at the winery, and allowed to settle for 24 hours in tank. The juice was transferred to 100% new Saury and Francoise Frere barrels to ferment. After fermentation the barrels were
stirred every week for over a year. The wine is bottled un-fined and unfiltered.

Food Pairings: Enjoy this wine now through 2018 with oak plank grilled salmon with roasted Fuji pears, and a citrus buerre blanc sauce. This is a rich wine that can match well with a range of foods, from fish to game. Exploring 'nontypical' chardonnay pairings will lead to delightful surprises.

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2009 Knights Bridge West Block Chardonnay