Cannonball Sonoma Chardonnay 2017 (Sonoma County, USA) "...lemon, stone fruit, pineapple..."
"The ripening season temperatures were a little cooler than normal giving the grapes a long hang time foroptimum ripeness. The vintage is characterized with richness, classic varietal character and opulence. In pursuit of the best of both worlds the Chardonnay receives a combination of stainless steel and oak aging. The individual lots are 100% stainless steel fermented to preserve fresh varietal characterand they remain in stainless, in contact with their fermentation lees, for the first few months of cellaring which integrates creamy complexity into the wine. Partial malolactic fermentation is employed to round-out the palate and balance acidity. The 2017 vintage completed partial MLF, retaining just enough malic acid to contribute a lively crispness to the finish. The entire blend is French oak-aged employing specialty toasts that enhance the vanilla components of the wine.
The aroma displays honeycomb, baked apple, pastry crust, and
honeysuckle notes. Soft, medium weight palate unfurls layers of flavor of
crushed pineapple, lemon curd, cantaloupe melon, and brioche toast. A lively
streak of acid prevails on the finish." - winemaker notes
"An easy-drinking, crowd-pleaser Chardonnay. with spiced apple, honeyed-lemon and toasty flavours on the palate finishing with a salty minerality and vibrant acidity. Balanced and easy to enjoy." - nataliemclean.com