Neyers 2018 Chardonnay, Carneros
Sourced from three vineyards all from the cool coastal influenced western Carneros area. Natural acidity is preserved in the grapes here even though the fruit is ripe enough to provide mild tropical and golden apple notes in the wine. The grapes are whole cluster pressed and fermented in both new (25%) and neutral French Oak barrels. There is a definite smoky depth here from this. Lees (spent yeast) stirring is done in barrel to encourage a creamy mouthfeel and full body as well as increase complexity in the wine. Additional contact with the lees after barrel fermentation is encouraged to impart a slight hazelnut character.