2017 Matchbook Estate Bottled Dunnigan Hills Old Head Chardonnay
Not too oaky, not too fruity, this Chardonnay is juuuust right! Our secret is to age our Chardonnay is a combination of older barrels and brand-new oak to achieve the right balance of tropical fruit, cream and vanilla.
90 Points and Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast: ". . . opens up on the palate to rich fruit and spice flavors that coat the tongue."
The 2017 Matchbook Chardonnay opens up with aromas of honey and floral
perfume framed by a beautiful barrel expression of vanilla and crème brûlée.
Flavors of sweet fruit, peach pit, and ripe honeydew melon mingle
with subtle notes of tropical fruit and butterscotch.
The creamy texture is balanced by a bright, crisp finish. Our Old Head,
Estate Bottled Chardonnay is a showcase wine for the Dunnigan Hills terroir.
Six different clones of Chardonnay were artfully blended to create
this wine. All the grapes were picked at night and delivered to the winery
before sunrise to ensure the fruit was crushed when cool. The barrel
fermented lots were lees stirred twice a month to enhance texture and
mouthfeel. Most of the tank fermented lots were barreled down to complete
aging. The Musqué clone 809 was tank fermented where it remained to hold
on to all of its special fruit characters. We used yeast “cocktails” (a mixture
of our winemaker’s favorite compatible yeasts) on all lots to allow complex
fermentation characters to evolve in the wine.
Enjoy this wine on its own or paired with panko crusted salmon, roasted pine nut chicken or wild mushroom risotto.
100% Giguiere Family Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay
||Dry White Wine
2-5 year old oak