Fletcher C22 Langhe Chardonnay 2022
Chardonnay grapes from his new vineyard in the Barbaresco zone, a north facing plot of 0.33ha, planted in 2017. Due to the cool location, the vineyard is not very suitable for Nebbiolo, but Chardonnay can thrive here. This is the third vintage of this wine.
The grapes were harvested in two distinct picks; the first pick early for citrus notes and zingy acidity, and the second to add depth, complexity, and stone fruits, melon and pear.
The grapes (all Burgundian clones) are pressed in whole bunches before the juice settles naturally for four hours. A spontaneous alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts is completed in French barriques, of which 30% is new and 70% old, before resting for another ten months in the barriques on the lees, without any stirring, and racked only just before bottling. No fining or filtration.
Classic chardonnay flavours with a distinctive structure on the palate. Bright flavours of grapefruit and lemon merge with those of fresh stone fruits and melon. The flavours are pronounced but with the depth and structure of the palate balancing this perfectly. This wine will age gracefully and develop over many years to come.
The Finer Details
Variety - Chardonnay
Country - Italy
Region - Piemonte
Sub Region - Langhe
Extra - Cork
Year - 2022
Volume - 750ml