Tasting Notes

2017 Elizabeth 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.

2017 proved a tough year towards harvest with the threat of Hurricane Irma lurking around. We were lucky to get through that event unscathed, and were able to harvest when we wanted to, not when we needed to.

2017 Elizabeth Estate Chardonnay bottle

Technical Information:

Appellation:  

100% Georgia

Varietal: 

100% Chardonnay 

Alc/Vol:  

13.9%

pH: 

3.78

Harvest Date:

September 21st & 28th, 2017

Bottled: 

February 19th, 2019

Cases Produced:   

625

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.
  • Chardonnay is the best-selling wine in America, red or white. Americans consume over 840,000 bottles per year.

  • 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.