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From a selected parcel of Chardonnay vines - the Octagon Block - this cuvée will have slightly longer legs, by which we mean potential for longer in bottle. Its intensity now is unmistakable, however. Danbury Ridge is setting out its stall and their OB Chardonnay is yet another convincing reason to love English Wine. It is simply beautiful.
Tim Aktin score 94/100. Awarded 'Still White Of The Year 2021'.
The 2018 vintage was an excellent growing season. The intense cold and heavy snowfall brought on by the “Beast from the East” delayed the growing season and crucially meant frost at bud-burst was avoided. The warm temperatures and dry conditions prevailed into summer and our vineyards’ experienced 1,039 growing degree days. This long vegetative cycle allowed for slower grape maturation, enhancing flavour development. Near perfect conditions at harvest has resulted in wines that exhibit elegant textures and a generous fruit profile making 2018 a vintage of an exceptional nature that will allow for cellaring.
The Octagon Block is the most established vineyard on the estate with an eclectic soil profile. Spanning over 12 acres, most of the vines sit on glaciofluvial sediments of sandy gravel, known as Danbury Gravel, that accumulated during the last Ice Age, and clay outcrops at the lower, southern end. Clay is renowned for producing powerful wines and gravel pulls in the opposite direction. Planted at low density, the Octagon Block has proven itself capable of producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that are exceptionally rich and complex.
Fruit was handpicked and whole bunch pressed. After little or no settling the juice was transferred to 228L Burgundian oak barrels for fermentation. The wine was then left on gross lees for 18 months, where malolactic fermentation took place without battonage. The wine received another 12 months elevage before release without any fining.
Barrel aged: 100% French oak for 18 months pH: 3.31 TA: 6.3 g/L Alcohol: 14%
This wine expresses layers of zesty citrus aromas, honeysuckle, and nougat. The palate is creamy and full bodied, showing a focused acidity and well-integrated oak. The generous weight and long lingering finish lend to its status as a 888 wine.
RELEASE DATE: Spring 2021 • BOTTLES PRODUCED: 888