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St. Leonard's Chardonnay, The Reserve Collection

    • Description :

      After hand harvesting and gentle pressing, the juice is fermented in barrel and goes through full malolactic fermentation. A selection of the six best barrels (1/3 of which were new) was made for this premium reserve wine. This wine was left in barrel for a month before being racked to tank for settling over the following vintage.
      Three months later the wine was racked and bottled, without fining or filtration.

      Grape varieties :


      Soil :

      Well-drained sandy silt/loam and clay/loam soils

      Alcohol :


      Tasting notes :

      Apple crumble and marzipan notes are supported by primary aromas of lemon, peach and fig with subtle jasmine and citrus blossom florals. Some high-quality oak adds a wisp of smoke and some vanilla, flint, and caramel notes. The palate is beautifully textured, with almond, citrus rind, and spice flavors sprinkled over a core of crème brülée. A subtle oyster shell minerality gives way to a long, lingering finish.

Press Notes

  • James Suckling
    • 2018
      92 points
    • 2017
      91 points
  • AG Vinous
    • 2019
      92 points
    • 2018
      90 points
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