2019 La Lune Skin Contact Chardonnay
Style: Rich, round, giving and generous. Using Biodynamically grown Mount Benson Chardonnay.
The inspiration: This wine is inspired by two of the greatest skin contact regions of the world - Qveri wines of Kakheti, Georgia and the oak matured wines of Brda Slovenia. Our Skin Contact Chardonnay was created by fusing the two regions winemaking styles together.
Winemaking: The Chardonnay was fermented on full skin in concrete and ceramic eggs, then left for 6 months until after the equinox before pressing - this increased the structure and spice of the wine. This is a lot longer than most Georgian wine but Chardonnay has quite a different tannin profile to the native Rkatsitelli of Georgia. This first process was handled quite oxidatively and the fruit profile of the Chardonnay grape moved into the fig and quince spectrum.
After pressing, the wine spent a further 5 months in new and older oak selected for a sweeter lactone toasting where it remained on the full solids and was stirred monthly. This helps to build texture, coat tannins and bring a soft shortcrust flavour.
Cellaring: This wine has the acid, structure and tannin to cellar for over 10 years. But as always with cellaring - if you like it now, drink it now!
Food pairing: Bold flavours. Try game, poultry or pork. But also baked deserts with white chocolate. It is a chameleon in the kitchen and as paired with different foods, different flavours and textures will become more present in the wine.