Lyme Bay Winery

Chardonnay More Information

From Chablis to the Côte de Beaune, from California to Australia, Chardonnay styles vary greatly. Our Chardonnay is a well-rounded dry wine, with subtle buttery flavours and aromas of peach turnover and honey. Lightly oaked, this wine lends itself perfectly to many food types.

WINEMAKING NOTES

The 2018 growing season was exceptional, offering not only unprecedented quality, but also unprecedented yields.Lyme Bay’s growers know that the former trumps the latter , which meant that we were able to achieve the perfect balance. Picking took place when flavour and phenolic ripeness peaked, which coincided with unheard of levels of potential alcohol in the UK – for us this meant an higher than usual 13.5% ABV with zero chaptalisation, while retaining a superb acidic structure

Fermentation was carried out using a mix of wild and Burgundy yeasts in 2 year old French oak and stainless steel, adding a rich mouthfeel, excellent body, and notes of ripe stone fruits, brioche and honey finishing with huge length.

TASTING

Pale/medium gold.

NOSE: Subtle buttery flavours and aromas of toasted oak, lemon, lime and tropical fruits.

PALATE: Exceptional length, creamy texture and elegance with lingering acidity. There are apricot and citrus flavours, with a touch of honey, nuts and toffee

STYLE: Full bodied dry white.   

ABV: 13.53% Vol   Acidity: 6.9 g/L TA   pH: 3.17   RS: <1.0 g/L

Variants: 100% Chardonnay    MLF: Sequential

Volume: 3,713 bottles   Vineyards: Martins Lane Vineyards (Essex)

FERMENTATION VESSELS: Stainless steel with a further 11 months ageing in barrel with lees stirring.

Vintage: 2018

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