2014 may be remembered as one of the most challenging vintages to date; frost in late Spring & unsettled conditions over flowering resulted in low fruit set and a modest crop.
What followed was our hottest & driest Summer on record, followed by our wettest Autumn on record.
The result was a tiny, precious and excellent crop of Chardonnay from our oldest vines who weathered the extremes remarkably well. This is a more restrained wine than the 2013 - more delicate and aromatic and with more vibrant acid. As has become our house style, it was fermented in french oak using native (or wild) yeast. We use a small amount of new oak to add sweetness and spice, without dominating the wine.
This vintage will cellar gradually, deepening in colour, complexity and richness over many years to come.