This Estate Bottled Chardonnay is a showcase for the Dunnigan Hills terroir, with lush, full, rich tropical characters. This golden straw-colored Chardonnay has aromas of Crème Brulee, pineapple and macaroons. Flavors of creamy butter are mellowed by tropical mango and ripe melon. While it’s rich in the palate, this Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay displays beautiful structure with a lively, lingering finish.
Six different clones of chardonnay were used in this wine, all of them picked at night and delivered to the winery before sunrise to ensure that we crushed fresh, cool grapes. Clone 809 (the most exotic clone) was fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain its Muscat character. The other clones received 100% aging in a combination of French, hybrid American and Hungarian oak barrels. We used yeast “cocktails” (a mixture of the winemaker’s favorite compatible yeasts) on all lots to allow complex fermentation characters to evolve in the wine. We stirred the lees weekly for eight months to enhance texture and flavor.
Anything involving lobster, a classic Caesar salad or wild mushroom risotto.