2016 Knights Bridge Chardonnay, Pont de Chevalier
"The 2016 Chardonnay Pont de Chevalier gives up notes of lemon tart, fresh peaches and kumquat with touches of honeysuckle, beeswax and allspice. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with spicy stone fruit flavors, supported with plenty of freshness and a lovely hint of oiliness to the texture, finishing long."
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Our 2016 Pont de Chevalier Chardonnay is a delicate wine with great energy and is enticing early on. Luscious aromas of custard, vanilla cream, and citrus blossoms prepare the palate for a bright, yet creamy mouthfeel. Full and balanced flavors of citrus, marzipan, vanilla, and light custard linger, leading to a complex finish inviting the next sip.
A notable feature of the 2016 vintage was the welcome, seasonal rains. Although the several years of drought pushed an early bud-break, the spring rains led to smaller berries and clusters. Coupled with moderate summer weather and a relatively cool August, the fruit had a long ripening period. These conditions combined to offer rich, complex fruit despite a smaller than usual crop size.
With a near perfect growing season, our grapes were ready for harvest in mid-September. Picked over several days from September 9 to September 15, the fruit was harvested and brought to the winery cool for a whole-cluster press. The juice settled clear, preserving aromatic freshness, and was fermented cold. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation, adding complexity to the aromas and mouthfeel of the wine. 100% new French oak barrels were used to age the wine for 10 months with minimal stirring of the lees during aging.
The elegance of this wine will pair nicely with a nut-crusted pan-fried seabass served with jasmine rice, a breaded and pan-seared veal chop atop a vinaigrette salad, or an aged manchego cheese with fresh sourdough and a quince paste.