Clos Pegase, 2018 Mitsuko's Vineyard Chardonnay
By Clos Pegase
Origin: Mitsuko's Vineyard, Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California, U.S.A.
Producer's Notes: Clear lemon yellow in the glass. Upfront aromas of peach, melon, cut straw and bakers spice. A smooth delivery on the palate displays flavors of stone fruit, cantaloupe and pears with subtle notes of brioche and toasted coconut. The acid is bright and maintains a pleasant balance in the wine.
The juice settled out for 24 hrs before being racked to tank, to undergo a slow cool fermentation. Using carefully selected strains of yeast along with native fermentation, we allowed the wine to reach just beyond halfway through fermentation before racking to barrel, where they completed primary fermentation. Using 30% new French oak, the wine then went full malolactic conversion in our caves; during which we battonage the barrels to increase mid palate complexity. After 9 months, the barrels were blended and lightly filtered before going to bottle.