2018 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay
Fruit was predominately sourced from the cooler areas in the southern end of the Napa Valley where bay fog and breezes allow the grapes to ripen at a gradual, flavour building pace while retaining refreshing, natural acidity. A small percentage (4%) of fruit from Sonoma’s cool, ocean-influenced Russian River Valley adds diverse texture and flavour. Fermented in French oak barrels (16% new) then aged for a further 9 months in the same barrels on its yeast lees with regular stirring.
Bright straw colour with a watery hue. Intense ripe peach, honeycomb and crème brulee scents fill the nostrils followed by some butterscotch, bacon fat and spicy nougat notes. Rich, round and fat the full bodied palate is awash with ripe peach, honeycomb and butterscotch flavours which meld into a bacon fat, roasted almond and spice background. Creamy textured it finishes long, toasty and opulent.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.