Austin Hope Chardonnay 2021

Austin Hope Chardonnay 2021

Austin Hope Chardonnay 2021

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$47.00
/ 750ML
SKU: CGAC021CHBO12USA

Vineyard notes:
We source our Chardonnay from some very distinctive vineyards. One, in particular, is tucked in a narrow valley annexed to the Santa Maria Valley which allows for warm days, light maritime breezes and daily marine layers. Sandy loam soils provide good drainage.

The 2021 growing season was very typical through early spring with cool, ocean breezes. Early summer through harvest gave us some unexpected heatwaves but plenty of marine layers and mild weather prevailed later through harvest. The result was a slight delay of harvest while we waited for acidity, pH and brix to balance.

Winemaking Notes:
After harvesting, Chardonnay grapes were whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel tanks for settling at 30 degrees. The juice was then racked off its heavy lees into 65 % barrels (32% new French Oak) and 35% stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The barrel fermented portion saw 7 months of sur-lie aging and during the first three months, the barrels were stirred monthly to add to the creamy nature of the wine. Select Chardonnay barrel lots were narrowed down in May of 2022 to be racked off their less and put onto 32% brand new French Oak. The blend was assembled in June of 2022, heat and cold stabilized in stainless steel tanks, before filtering and bottling in mid-July of 2022.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2021
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Paso Robles
Harvest Date
10/15-10/16/2021
Acid
.58g/100mL
pH
3.64
Alcohol %
14.5