The 2012 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay is derived from two different vineyards – Sangiacomo Vineyards (75%) and Rodgers Creek Vineyard (25%). Both vineyard sites are extremely cool, allowing chardonnay grapes to maintain balance and acidity while fully developing flavors.
The 2012 growing season was ideal for producing great chardonnay. A warm, not hot summer transitioned into a cooler harvest period with no rain or heat spikes. Both vineyards were harvested in mid to late September at ideal ripeness levels. Gently whole cluster pressed to avoid astringency, the juice is put to barrel where it undergoes spontaneous fermentation. Full malolactic fermentation and battonage round the wine and add weight and complexity. The wine was aged sur-lie in 35% new French oak for 14 months before it was bottled unfiltered.
The 2012 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay has a light gold core with aromas of honeysuckle, melon, pear and secondary notes of crème brûlée. This medium bodied chardonnay, with tantalizing acidity and citrus flavors of grapefruit and lime zest finish with hints of Hawthorne and toasted oak. This well balanced Chardonnay is ready to drink, but will continue to age beautifully for the next 4-5 years.
The 2012 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay will pair well with rich dishes like seared scallops, grilled prawns and roasted lemon chicken breast, or grilled spring vegetables in a light vinaigrette.