Matthiasson Linda Vista Chardonnay 2017
$69.00 inc. GST
90/100 – Wine & Spirits Magazine
“This grows at a vineyard Steve Matthiasson farms behind his house in Oak Knoll. He harvests it in five separate passes, then ferments and ages it in neutral oak. The varied layers of ripeness come together in a wine with salty savor and touches of honeyed sweetness. It’s light and subtle.” – Wine & Spirits Magazine
Tasting Note: Golden Delicious apples, yellow peaches, musk melon, and honey on the nose and through to the palate, the medium acidity is balanced by pleasant fleshiness, finishing very clean with a hint of minerality. Refreshing and with moderate alcohol, this wine is all about pleasure, begging to be drunk up, with some oysters or a roast chicken and a big smile. 2017 was yet another warm and early year, and the wine is rich and ripe despite the very early harvest. The moderate alcohol and mouthwatering acidity that is a trademark of that vineyard is still very much present, but similar to the past couple of years, some of the typical Linda Vista lemon oil has been replaced by a riper luscious creaminess. The acidity is a bit softer, and the palate a bit broader. Perhaps that is the new normal…either way it is delicious.
Winemaking Notes: For complexity, completeness, and balance, we achieve a diversity of ripeness by harvesting the fruit several different times during the ripening period. The earlier harvests contribute acidity and minerality, and the later harvests contribute flesh and richness. The earliest pick is incredibly zingy, while the latest pick is nutty and honeyed. Everything was blended together before bottling. We whole-cluster press all of the grapes, settled in tank for 24 hours, then ferment and age the wine in seasoned French oak barrels. This year, since the wine was already very rich, we did no battonage (lees stirring). We allowed two-fifths of the barrels to go through malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was never racked, fined, or cold-stabilized, but since it is partially ML negative it was filtered before bottling. The pH is 3.53, the TA is 7.1 g/l
Region: Oak Knoll AVA, Napa, California