Tasting Notes

2016 Estate Chardonnay

This wine is aged for 12 months in 60% French oak and 40% Hungarian oak, which leads to a pleasant, round flavor. It offers a beautiful balance between fruit and oak, with hints of coconut, citrus, minerals, and butterscotch. Complexity is a term not often used to describe Georgia wines, but this wine proves that wrong. It is very complex.


This perfect growing season in 2016 allowed the vineyard to express the best of what Georgia can offer, and it shows in this vintage.

2016 Estate Chardonnay bottle

Technical Information:

Appellation:  

100% Georgia

Varietal: 

100% Chardonnay 

Alc/Vol:  

13.9%

pH: 

3.78pH

Harvest Date:

September 28th, 2016 

Bottled: 

January 26th, 2018

Cases Produced:   

402

Good to Know

What little Chardonnay there was in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s was usually labeled “Pinot Chardonnay” because people erroneously thought it was related to Pinot Noir. Chardonnay achieved its reputation for greatness in the Burgundy region of France over 1,200 years ago.
Around 800 A.D., the wife of the Emperor Charlemagne, disgusted by the red wine that stained her husband’s white beard, ordered that white grapes be planted in their Burgundy vineyard, which is now called Corton-Charlemagne. Chardonnay is the best-selling wine in America, red or white. Americans consume over 840,000 bottles per year.