The Ex Anima Chardonnay comes from the original old-vine, own-rooted Clone 4 planted in Wrath's estate vineyard. Fermented and rested on the lees for 4 months in stainless steel, this wine is free from the trappings of new oak. Aromas of lemon, pineapple and citron combine to give a slightly tropical note to the nose. The palate offers more citrus, bright stone fruit and brisk acidity.
When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.
Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.