Referred to by winemaker and partner, Andy Smith, as "one of our greatest ever Chardonnay bottlings" the 2017 DuMol Estate Chardonnay is rarely available to customers outside of the winery direct or top restaurant wine lists.
At fourteen years old, these vines have reached full maturity; they’re in their prime window of quality production. They have achieved a natural balance between root depth, canopy growth and crop yield—the essentials of pristine grapes. In this 2017 bottling, we see as pure a reflection of these upland, highly erodible sandstone soils as I can imagine—a combination of delicacy, power, savory complexity and nervy acidity.
The wine opens with spearmint, melon, lime and flint notes. It’s tangy, dynamic and ever-changing, the palate uncompromisingly dry, mineral and chiseled—refined and totally captivating. The wine turns dense and full in the center as it uncoils, revealing oiliness and great viscosity. A firmness to the back end is driven by high natural acidity, strong savory elements and lime zest freshness.
This is a wine to age for two to three years before opening. It will be worth the wait. These lean soils—perfect for our old chardonnay vine selections (no simple monochromatic clones!)—produce a wine of structure, underlying power and taut density. The wine is tactile with a high level of intricacy. Changing each time you return to the glass, it is the definition of power and tension.