Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2020
Release Date: Fall 2023
Drought returned for our 2020 vintage and is forever on our minds. We dry farm here, and water, or the lack thereof, is always a concern. The new normal in these warm, dry years is accelerated ripening; we completed our Chardonnay harvest by the end of August.
Classic aromas of citrus, honeysuckle and a nuance of hazelnut are abundant. Focused acidity and linear flavors of lemon, cardamom and minerality come through on the palate.
Of course, this Chardonnay is extremely enjoyable now, but aging in a good cellar for ten years will bring its own reward.
Rain Total in 2020: 20.6 inches
Yield: 1.5 tons per acre
Harvest Dates: August 21st-26th, hand harvested
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.2° Brix, 3.30 pH, 8.5 grams acidity
Fermentation: 100% natural primary and secondary (malolactic) barrel fermentation
Barrel: 100% barrel aged in new and one-year-old old French Oak
Aging: 10 months in barrel, sur-lie;
Bottling: July 2021