Both rich and focused, the 2020 vintage continues to consistently elevate Lava Cap’s Chardonnay. The nose is filled with honeysuckle, Myer lemon and green apple, framed by a backdrop of brioche, vanilla, and wet stone.
We have 6 different blocks of Chardonnay ranging in Elevation from 2,400ft to 2,700ft on our Estate vineyards. Each plot is planted in soil of differing depths, and with a different aspect. We also have a combination of head trained and cordon trained vines, with 4 different clones, chosen to best fit the conditions of the individual block.
The majority of these block are facing North West, on gentle slope comprised of finely decomposed volcanic debris. The vines receive the most sun during the mornings, and are protected from warm evening heat, allowing for ample ripening while preserving freshness and vibrancy.
Growing premium mountain fruit is the keystone to the production of our unique Chardonnay. The vineyards are planted at varying elevations and aspects to capture an array of flavors and complexities.
The attention to flavor development continues in the cellar where our Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented. Fermentation is allowed to take place over the course of 4 weeks, after which the wine is stirred on the lees in a labor intensive practice referred to as Battonage, resulting in the slight rich finish. 50% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, while the remainder does not to preserve acidity and vibrancy. Half the wine is aged in stainless steal, and half in Slovenian and French oak hogsheads for 18 months.
Harvest Date: Early September 2020
Bottled: March 2022
Cases Produced: 5000