2018 Le Cadeau Chardonnay
The 2018 Le Cadeau Chardonnay is crisp, mineral-driven, with just a touch of oak – all in perfect balance – produced entirely from estate fruit grown in rocky volcanic basalt. Both the aromatic profile and palate complexity are developed through the vineyard-driven attributes of clonal diversity, soil diversity, and sunlight "aspect." The 2018 Chardonnay was aged 18 months in primarily neutral French oak barrels, with five additional months in stainless steel on lees to develop layers and complexity before being bottled unfiltered.
Awarded 94 points by James Suckling: "An alluring nose of olive oil, flint and baked lemon. Salted caramel, too. Medium-to full-bodied with great texture and weight. A hint of subtle spice adds complexity to the wide array of fresh citrus fruit."
Production: 83 cases
Winemaker: Jim Sanders