Chamonix Unoaked Chardonnay
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PRODUCER: Chamonix offers visitors a seamless blend of unspoiled nature, welcoming hospitality, exquisite facilities and a host of culinary and viticultural delights, set amongst a working wine farm and water bottling plant with a history stretching back nearly 350 years.
WINEMAKING: Grapes are soft-crushed and the must fermented (spontaneously) for 15-30 days at 18-22° C in small barrels of French oak barrels (about 40% new annually), in which malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during a year of maturing on the lees for approximately 11 months. The wine, of about 13.5% alcohol is lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.
TASTING NOTES: Chamonix Chardonnay on release has a bright straw colour with greenish highlights and an intense aroma that recalls ripe apples, lime and pears with hints of herbs and tropical fruit. Bright and steely dry in flavour, the grapefruit and spice sensations are buoyed by zesty acidity that refreshes the palate through a smooth finish.