Orange blossom, jasmine and a hint of wild thyme thyme lead the way towards a core of ripe citrus, yellow plum and nectarine fruit.
This racy and fragrant Chardonnay impresses with how it confidently combines great concentration with aromatic qualities, nerve and restraint. Classy, flinty oak states its presence yet with discreet subtlety, allowing the elegant purity of fruit to express itself fully. A powdery chalky grip on the mid palate further adds structural elements to the bright and very focused acidity. Smoky gunflint and a saline tang bring another layer of interest to the macadamia nut-like, silky textured finish. Utterly graceful.
The soils of this amazing micro-terroir consists of a first sandy layer reaching to a depth of 70 cm (2’29”) below the surface, which lies on a second layer of rounded stones with significant contents of calcium carbonate. The soils have very low water retention capacity. - Varietal: Chardonnay, clone R8 - own rooted. - Year of plantation: 1998 - one of the first Chardonnays planted in Gualtallary. - Training system: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) - Pruning: Spur pruning. - Row orientation: North - South. - Plantation density: 2.20 x 1.3 (2.666 plants/ Ha) - Irrigation: Drip irrigation.
- Destemming. - Whole bunch pressing in a pneumatic press. - Cold settling for 36 hours. - 1/3 of the wine is fermented in concrete eggs. - 2/3 is fermented in a mix of foudres (3000 liters) and barrels (300/500 liters) - Alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts. - Natural Malolactic fermentation (20%). - 10 month ageing over fine lees in concrete eggs/foudres/barrels. - Light filtration previous to bottling.