Ingrid’s Vineyard is planted directly in front of Bernardus Lodge in the beautiful Carmel Valley. The vineyard is split into two equal parts. 3 ½ acres are planted to Chardonnay with Dijon clones 76 and 95, while the other 3 ½ acres are planted to a variety of Pinot Noir clones. This site has proven to be superb for these cool climate varietals with its sunny, cool location and its deep, well-drained soils.
At Bernardus, we ferment and age our Chardonnays in the Burgundian tradition. Our Ingrid’s Vineyard grapes are hand-picked and sorted before being very gently whole-cluster pressed to insure the finest quality. We then transfer the juice to small French barrels for fermentation. Each barrel is hand stirred every two weeks to enhance richness and complexity. All our Chardonnays go through a complete malo-lactic fermentation before final blending and bottling.
On the nose of our 2016 Ingrid’s Vineyard Chard we find a complex expression of peach and tropical fruits accented by subtle spice notes. The palate is rich and beautifully balanced by its natural acidity - thanks to its cool, yet sunny, location.
Picking date: October 7th, 2016.
Cooperage: 40% new; Sirugue, Billon and Dargaud & Jaegle.
Bottling: August 15th, 2017.
220 cases. (750 mls.)