2016 Lo-Fi Chardonnay

  • Clone: 4 on own roots
  • Vineyard: Oak Savannah (10′ x 8′ Spacing)
  • Soil Series: Chamise loam
  • Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
  • Harvest date: August 22, 2016
  • Brix at harvest: 22.40 brix
  • Fermentation: Barrel fermented in neutral French oak 228l barriques.
  • Barrels: 100% french oak barrels (four or more years old)
  • Aging: eight months 12hl concrete amphora
  • Production: 140 Cases
  • Growing season: Typical Santa Barbara season outside of an early bloom and fruit set. The lingering drought has affected “normal” years in that regard. September typically being our warmest month, our grapes were not effected by late season heat due to the crop load and early harvest date. Total degree days just over 2000 and annual rainfall of 7.72”(48% of historical average).

Hand harvested and sustainably grown; Whole cluster pressed to tank. Settled 48 hours prior to racking to barrel. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by partial malolactic by naturally occurring bacteria. No sulfur used at pressing. Upon completion of primary fermentation the wine was racked to amphora for aging and 25 ppm so2 added. Balance left in barrel. The wine was racked once prior to hand bottling. Total of 61 ppm so2 added without filtration in keeping with our minimalist (lo-fi) philosophy.

Ingredients: Hand harvested, sustainably farmed grapes, indigenous yeast, naturally occurring lactic acid bacteria and minimum effective SO2.

Available in our shop.