Quails' Gate Estate Winery Chardonnay 2009
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Voluptuously round and generous with aromas of white peach, pear and apple. Judicious use of oak gives an additional layer of richness and toastiness to this superb wine. Food matches: roast chicken, corn dishes.
Reviewed April 22, 2011 by Natalie MacLean
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|Our Chardonnay grapes were harvested in October 2009 from the Quails’ Gate Estate Boucherie Mountain vineyards. The rich clay and gravel soils offer mineral influences, giving the wine interest and complexity.|
The 2009 growing season provided an excellent balance of cool temperatures with good heat when needed. Our estate grown Chardonnay is 50% tank fermented and 50% barrel fermented. This combination gives the wine interest and complexity from the barrel ferment while the tank portion provides bright tropical citrus notes.
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Serve this wine between 55-60 degrees Farenheit or 12-16 degrees Celsius. Tip: If your bottle is at room temperature, put it in ice water for about 30 minutes or in the fridge for about three hours to chill it.