2018 The Hilt Estate Chardonnay
The Hilt, Santa Rita Hills
The Hilt was founded in 2008 in the Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara. The region of Santa Barbara is one of the coolest wine growing areas in the state of California. The Hilt’s best vineyards are on the windswept northern-facing sites, closest to the ocean. Three classic factors come into play; firstly the land here has poor soils that force vines to dig deep for water. Secondly, despite the warm daytime sun there are powerful winds and a cool maritime climate that is the key to allow grapes on the property to ripen slowly and retain freshness. Lastly, the vines on the property are low in vigour, allowing them to produce low yields of concentrated, complex grapes.
The Estate Chardonnay is aged in 34% New French oak, 56% neutral French oak and 10% stainless steel for 11 months.
Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians