Harvesting takes place early mornings into small lugs. The grapes are cooled overnight, sorted and gently pressed. After two days the juice is transferred, 60% to tanks and 40% to barrels. All three different blocks are fermented separately to create a more complex wine. The oak regime includes 10% new French tight grain barrels, for slower release of tannins and gentler integration, the remainder: 2nd and 3rd fill tight grain barrels. The wine resides on the lees for 6 months before blending.
Full-bodied, complex and fresh. Elegant, richness with hints of white peach and delicate citrus peel. Sophisticated well balanced flavours throughout the palate. A light touch of oak, and contact with the lees contributes complexity with barely perceptible toasty, nutty notes.
2022-Gilbert Gaillard-Double Gold
Duck à L’Orange
Shrimp or crab
Havarti cheese & Almonds
Among the greatest luxuries that undulation provides in relation to the terroir of ASARA, is the variation in mesoclimate and soil type. Two facing blocks on opposite sides of a dam create the fullness of palate seen in a fuller, riper style and the elegance of freshness and minerality that newer styles of Chardonnay request.
Average altitude is 100m above sea-level, on southwest-and northeast facing slopes. Sun exposure is continual but indirect, so ripening days are longer but ripening is slow.
The 3 different vineyards are planted to Villante soils, acidic, nutrient rich and well drained, contributing to consistency of grape quality. The vineyards are an average of 16 years of age and yield at 5-6 tons per hectare.
Range: Vineyard Collection