2017 Tin Shack Chardonnay, Spear Vineyard
Our 2017 Tin Shack Chardonnay is quite a departure for us. We are very excited to be sourcing our fruit this year from the new and absolutely stunning Spear Vineyard. This wine represents just the second crop out of this Certified Organic vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and we think the quality and intensity of this fruit bodes well for its future. After looking at the different blocks of Chardonnay available we decided to experiment a bit and take half from a section of clone 4 and half from a section of clone 96 both along a steep, north facing hillside. The two blocks ripened almost two weeks apart from one another and we picked, fermented and put them to barrel separately. The clone 96 was tropical and much richer on the palate whereas the clone 4 was lean and angular and had a much more citrus oriented fruit profile. They were blended together just before bottling and the resulting wine shows off the best characteristics from both clones. Rich and somewhat tropical on the attack and then crisp with lemon zest on the finish. This is an intriguing, complex wine that deserves some good food and some time in the glass.