Begins with bright aromas of pineapple and lemon zest. Forward tropical fruit flavors greet the palate and are highlighted by notes of vanilla and hints of spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and luscious and the wine finishes clean and refreshing.The wine’s treatment with wood was very light. It was fermented in older oak barrels to soften the grape acids and given partial malolactic fermentation.
Bright aromas of pineapple and lemon zest with fruit flavors, notes of vanilla and spice for a refreshing finish.
VINTAGE & VITICULTURE Known for its extended growing season and unique east-west valleys, Santa Barbara County ofers grapes every opportunity to ripen to their fullest, thus delivering concentrated favors and structure to thefinished wines. Cool breezes from the nearby Pacfic Ocean keep the temperatures mild and even most of the year, further enhancing fruit quality. Sandstone and limestone soils ofer little in the way of nutrients, forcing the vines to struggle for growth, thereby producing berries packed with favor intensity. A majority of the fruit for this wine came from Cat Canyon, which through its higher elevation and thus larger diurnal shifts in temperature, the grapes produce lovely acidity and intense tropical fruit favors.
VINIFICATION Each lot, from several vineyard blocks, was kept separate during fermentation. The whole clusters were sent directly to press in order to extract the juice as soon as possible and avoid any bitterness pickup from the skins. A cool ferment was employed to retain freshness and minimal oak (predominately French) was used in the aging process. This produced a well balanced wine where the Chardonnay fruit shines.
WINEMAKER’S NOTES The 2014 Greg Norman Estates Santa Barbara Chardonnay opens with bright aromas of pineapple, ripe nectarine and fresh lemon zest. The inviting nose leads a soft, lush palate where juicy lemon lime citrus notes and favors of fresh pineapple, peach and subtle spice notes come to life. The favors are highlighted by a sweet vanillin favored texture that is long lasting on the palate. This Chardonnay is very food friendly or easy to sip by itself