Wyncroft 2017 'Marland' Chardonnay Non Affecte, Lake Michigan Shore
Item Number: 11505
Sub Region: Lake Michigan Shore
Appellation/AVA: Lake Michigan Shore
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.3
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 160
Vineyard Notes: Grapes were sourced from three different vineyards: 12 Corners, Gabrielow, and Wyncroft Estate Avonlea. 12 Corners and Gabrielow are both planted with Dijon clone 96, an early ripening clone producing elegant perfumed wines. Avonlea is predominantly planted with the Stony Hill clone, which makes powerful, full-bodied Chardonnay.
Winemaking Notes: "Non Affecté" means "unaffected" in French and refers to the classical Mâcon style of this wine which sees no oak. The grapes were whole cluster pressed and cold fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with Épernay 2 yeast to bring out fresh fruity aromas and flavors. The young wine rested on its lees over winter to add body and complexity, and was bottled in March to capture freshness.
Tasting Notes: The wine has a nose of fresh apples and pears with a hint of brioche from the lees aging. The medium-bodied palate is fresh and displays intense yellow apple, juicy pear, and savory citrus notes that carry into a long finish. Wyncroft’s Marland series are vinified intentionally for early consumption, and this drinks beautifully now. This Chardonnay is perfect with fish, grilled chicken, cheese plates, and cold pasta salads.
Winemaker’s Comments: "I made my first Chardonnay from Southwest Michigan fruit in 1984 and was struck by how similar it tasted to Burgundian Chardonnay. Michigan’s slightly longer and warmer growing season tends to bring out a lushness of fresh fruit that surprises!" - Jim Lester