This is the third vintage of our Chardonnay to contain a significant portion of fruit from our estate vineyard and to be 100% from the McMinnville AVA. To round out this cuvée we added fruit from our neighbor, the Hyland Vineyard. These are high in elevation, own rooted, 38 year-old vines.
Similar to the prior three vintages, 2017 provided a consistently warm growing season for the vines at our estate vineyard, resulting in generous (for us) average yields approaching two tons per acre. Springtime flowering and fruit set, while delayed by a cool and wet winter, were even across the blocks and dry conditions at harvest meant little to no pressure from disease. The resulting wines are lush and full bodied yet retain the taut core of acidity that has become the hallmark of Brittan Vineyards.
Our 2017 Chardonnay is the second vintage sourced exclusively from the McMinnville AVA. Tension and textural complexity complement aromas of flint, white peach, delicate white flower and lush tropical fruit. The palate follows with hints of stone fruit (think apricot), lemon custard and a kiss of creamy oak.
Bottled:August 2018 Cases Produced:650