Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
Wine Type White - Still
Farming Dry farmed.
Vineyard The vineyard lies 1,600 feet above the valley floor in the northern Santa Cruz Mountains. The vines are north, north-east facing Old Wente selection Mt. Eden. Vines are over 35 years old.
Soil Schist, fractured shale and clay.
Viticulture Vineyard is dry farmed and has never been irrigated or fertilized. Cane pruning is employed to maximize fruit budding potential. Vines yield 2.1 tons/ acre (27 hl/ha).
Vinification Whole cluster crushed and pressed, juice pumped into tank and to settle before being barreled down. Racked into neutral barrels. Fermentation happens in barrel in a room of 65-70 to entice natural fermentation and then moved to cellar, around 50 degrees, to allow slow fermentation.
Aging Aged 10 months in neutral French barrels. Racked with light lees to stainless steel for an additional 6 months of aging.
Notes "Intense bouquet of lemon thyme, crushed schist, traces of orange pith, and citrus peel that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is underpinned by a razor-sharp bead of acidity with flavors of lemongrass and saline aftertaste. Reminds me of the revered 2011 from this site. Taught, focused and briny. Brilliant." - John Raytek
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