2018 Pied de Cuve Chardonnay

2018 Pied de Cuve Chardonnay

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2018 Pied de Cuve Chardonnay  - 135 Cases Produced

A deep gold with the nose showing ripe peach, nectarine, baking spice and yeasty, lees notes with some flint and toasted hazelnut. The palate is full bodied, intense and complex with grilled nectarine, toasted almond, pineapple, peach, lemon zest and golden apple with a hint of butter. Crisp, racy and mineral on the palate with a long, salty, mineral finish.

Pied de Cuve are Little Farm's natural wines. these are wines that receive almost no intervention from start to finish and are therefore a pure reflection of the place, the grape and the vintage. Pied de Cuve is a technique to start a fermentation using only the yeasts that are naturally occurring on the skin of the grapes.

The cool 2018 vintage, coolest in last 5 years, was perfect for making the light, fresh, crisp style of Chardonnay we like at Little Farm with just 12.5% alcohol. The grapes, in their 10th leaf, are organically farmed in the mineral rich, calcium carbonate soils of the Mulberry Tree Vineyard in Cawston, Similkameen Valley. Three clones are used (76, 95 & 548) and our winemaking is hands off, using old neutral barrels and lees aging to give texture and complexity. Gentle whole cluster pressing, neutral French oak barrels, wild yeast and 10 months lees ageing before natural settling then bottling in September 2019.