Chardonnay, 'Hawk Hill Vineyard', Joseph Swan
The closest vineyard to the coast that we source fruit from, Hawk Hill Vineyard is on a hillside high off the valley floor in Freestone. A cooler climate than any of our other vineyards, the marine influence extends ripening time, while being high enough elevation to escape the fogline most of the time. This chardonnay fruit has occasionally been the last grapes harvested, deep into November! The vines are Clone 5 chardonnay on 3309 rootstock using a modified Scott Henry trellising system.
Pressed gently whole cluster, immediately after harvesting. Being from the cooler climate, more minerality character calls for 100% neutral French oak barrel fermentation, then aged sur lees (lees stirring) for 10 months before bottling.
157 cases produced.
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