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The Vibe: White, Chardonnay, medium-dry, pears, stone fruit, washed minerals, butter
Friends Would Say: This is a serious person who doesn't have time to play games! If you sit down at the table with this bottle you best have your ducks in line. It’s a bold statement but perhaps one of the best chardonnay producers outside of France? Hard to deny when this wine has been picking up awards all over the place. A very well made, refined chardonnay. Starting with a wonderful grassy nose, slightly green with a wonderful deep yellow colour in the glass. On the palette it releases stone fruit, washed stones and a stalky quality with fruits ranging from under ripe pears to fresh yellow apple skin and finishing with a grapey, yellow sultans and hint of butter. You’ll need to pull out all the stops for this one.
The First Date: It’s not a bottle you just rock up with, this is Sunday best territory! This wine can be drunk will fellow wine lovers or accompany a special meal. Maybe it’s a celebration party, posh dinner party or a special occasion, whatever the case this wine offers refined elegance and is a polished sexy affair.
The Banter: The wines crackle with energy and display an unrivalled sense of minerality and precision when compared to most other Californian Chardonnays. The fruit is harvested much earlier than their colleagues, and the wines are fermented and matured in neutral oak barrels. The Santa Barbara and Sta Rita Hills Chardonnays are made from a blend of vineyard sites across their respective regions, with the rest of the range comprising single vineyard designates from some of the best sites in the Sta Rita Hills.
Techy Bits: Sandhi, Santa Barbara County, Chardonnay, 13% a.b.v, 750ml, vintage 2016