Our Chardonnay was hand harvested early in the morning from late September into early October 2016. Whole cluster pressed, followed by cold settling in stainless tanks before going to barrel for fermentation. The slow fermentation in barrel allowed for exuberant tropical, citrus aromas and a complex palate. Post fermentation sur lie, stirring and aging added layers of complexity. 14 months of barrel age in French Oak.
The 2016 Skywalker Chardonnay showcases the unique coastal climate and Marin County terroir. Generous fruit aromas of lemon curd and white flower blossom are accentuated by delicate sweet oak nuances and a rounded richness. On first taste flavors of pineapple, pomelo and citrus are present. The palate is crisp on entry followed by richer flavors of hazelnut, brioche and crème brûlée leading way to a long finish. Additional bottle age and cellaring at the winery has helped this wine mature gracefully. Great to taste in context with our 2018 Skywalker Chardonnay to see how this wine develops.
Limited quantities remain of this Skywalker Vineyards signature Chardonnay!