Rachis & Derma - 2020 Skin-Fermented Chardonnay
Grapes for this wine were harvested by hand from 8 different blocks of Chardonnay from 3 estate vineyards over a period of 11 days in 4 small batches. Final blend was 50% destemmed fruit with 50% whole cluster. Average maceration of 36 days on stems and skins. Manually hand plunged for the duration of the fermentation and post- maceration. Fermentation occurred naturally with ambient yeasts as did malolactic fermentation. The wine was pressed off into a mix of neutral 500L puncheons and 228L neutral barriques. The wine was blended in Spring 2021 and bottled in June with its lees, unfiltered and unfined without any additions of any kind.
The aromas are varied and complex, exuding ripe peaches, caramelized orange and lemon zest that lead to black tea, cloves and clementine on the palate. A weighted mid palate, refreshing acidity and satisfying mouth-drying feel from the tannins allows this skin-contact Chardonnay to be a great pairing with cheese and charcuterie, or a Moroccan Chicken Bastilla.