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Shafer “Red Shoulder Ranch” Chardonnay 2018 [6 x 750ml]

$90.99 x 6
(price per 750ml bottle) - sold in cases of 6 bottles
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Type:
White Table Wine
Varietal:
Chardonnay
Vintage:
2018
Country:
California
Region:
Napa Valley
Winery:
Shafer Vineyards
Bottles / case:
6
Unit:
750

Shafer’s Red Shoulder Ranch vineyard in Carneros is home to countless gophers who love to feast on young vine roots. To contain this problem, Shafer erected owl nesting boxes and hawk perches to encourage day and night rodent patrol. The Red-shouldered hawks and other birds of prey do such an outstanding job, the vineyard was named in their honour.

 

This vineyard offers a long, consistently cool growing season that is ideal for retaining acidity in Chardonnay fruit. Grapes were harvested by hand, then whole cluster pressed. To focus on varietal flavours, Shafer only uses wild yeast for fermentation and does not put the wine through malolactic fermentation. The majority of the wine spends 14 months aging in new French oak barrels. The remainder matures in stainless steel “barrels” (plenty of fine lees contact from the low horizontal profile, but no oak influence).

 

“This 25th vintage of our Chardonnay offers abundant, exotic aromas and flavours of citrus blossom, apricot, pineapple, grapefruit zest, and honeydew melon all held together with seamless structure, elegant balance, and energy that comes from pure, clean acidity.” 
– Elias Fernandez, Shafer Winemaker

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