2016 axr ganzin chardonnay
Ganzin is a reference to Victor Ganzin who is credited with the hybridization of the AxR1 rootstock. The AXR rootstock was the origin of the research which gave vintners an understanding of the influence of a rootstock on wine and a vines capacity to adapt to the soil. To us, Ganzin Chardonnay represents the crossing between traditional winemaking and modern technology paying homage to the soul of AXR. This Chardonnay spends 14 months in 30% new French oak to respect the fragile profile of the Burgundy clones that we use. The Chardonnay is then transferred into stainless steel for an additional 3 months to sharpen the acidity and tension of the wine. Only 46 cases were produced of this wine.
On the rim: beautiful, shiny banana with touches of blonde and buttermilk
On the nose: an explosion of citrus, grapefruit, red apple with touches of lime tree, Crème Brule and apricot and Crème Brûlée
On the palate: dense, fresh entrance evolving on vanilla cream with pear, blood orange, pineapple lingering on grapefruit, white peaches and white chocolate