2016 Chardonnay

2016 Chardonnay

Russian River (Sonoma County), California

‘Stickybeak': Australian slang for 'nosey neighbor', or to be ‘overly inquisitive’. After twenty years living in California’s wine country while importing regional benchmarks from the Antipodes, our curious streak got the better of us. We searched for the best sites that the California wine-growing regions in our backyard have to offer, and the grape varieties that best express their individuality.


Russian River has become one of the most sought after addresses for Californian Chardonnay for good reason – it produces wonderfully expressive fruit with concentrated flavors and high natural acidity. In 2016 fruit was sourced from the Russian River’s Carinalli and Oak Meadows Vineyards.


Let’s face it, Chardonnay can lean towards obnoxious if played with a heavy hand. We’re looking for fine flavor and a lively texture with cleansing length. We avoid overdoing the oak and keep the creamy butterscotch or malolactic characters to a minimum (40% in this case). 75% of the Chardonnay was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to maintain its freshness while only older, lightly toasted oak was used to mature the balance.


Lifted aromas of citrus blossom, Asian pear, and preserved lemon on the nose, with underlying notes of white peach and fresh ginger. The palate is long with impressive depth and breadth. Flavors of dried pear, lemon, creamy custard and nuances of toasted cashew are interwoven along a clean, zesty finish.

Vineyards: Russian River (Sonoma County), California Varietals: Chardonnay Alcohol by Volume: 14.5% Titratable Acid: 5.6 g/L pH: 3.66 Maturation: 1/4 in oak, 3/4 in stainless steel Winemaker: Bill Nancarrow

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