Melville Winery 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
Item Number: 11455
Sub Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation/AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandy
Chardonnay Clones: 4, 76, and 95, Mount Eden, Hanzell, Hudson, Wente and Melville selections
Vineyard Notes: The Chardonnay is planted predominantly on the west side of the estate where they have several different types of sandy soils. Because the west side receives the brunt of brutal ocean winds and has only poor soils, this Chardonnay always captures the vibrancy, minerality, and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation.
Winemaking Notes: Harvest was manual. The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to neutral French oak barrels (10 to 20 years old) for fermentation. Malolactic fermentation did not take place. Sur lie aging occurred without any lees disturbance. Yields were 2.4 lbs/vine (2.2 tons/acre).
Tasting Notes: Melville Chardonnay has intriguing aromatics of grilled lemon, honeysuckle and pear. On the palate, notes of fresh ginger, kumquat and dried straw mingle with weightier impressions of sourdough toast, caramel and roasted marshmallow. The mouthfeel is velvety, with a touch of oiliness on the midpalate along with an energetic streak of acidity that anchors a voluptuous and polished finish.