2018 Soberanes Chardonnay
Santa Lucia Highlands’ two most renowned growers, Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, have joined forces on an exciting vineyard located just south of the celebrated Garys’ Vineyard in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is called Soberanes Vineyard. We at Bernardus are honored to be among the few wineries to receive both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from this exciting star of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.
We have chosen a block planted with the highly regarded Wente clone of Chardonnay which is known for its small clusters of tiny grapes. This clone, along with the highest quality farming practices, provides us with a very intense wine exhibiting the finest quality aromas and flavors.
Fermentation: All our Chardonnays are fermented and aged in the Burgundian tradition. Our Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay grapes were hand picked and sorted for quality before being gently whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented using a variety of specially selected yeasts. Our Soberanes Chardonnay undergoes a complete malo-lactic fermentation which, along with hand stirring every two weeks, enhances the richness, complexity and ageability of the wine.
Our 2018 Soberanes Chard exhibits aromas of ripe tropical fruits and baking spice. The palate exhibits its hallmark richness and intensity along with ripe peach flavors and toasty oak notes, which linger on its long, well textured finish.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands.
Cooperage: 100% French oak, 40% new: Sirugue, Billon and Dargaud & Jaegle.
Picking date: October 11th, 2018.
August 16th, 2019.
305 cs. (750 mls.)