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Chardonel Fact Sheet
VARIETAL INFORMATION: Our Chardonel is the result of an exciting new hybrid grape cross between the famed Chardonnay and the popular Seyval, developed at New York's Cornell University in 1953. A portion of the blend has been carefully aged by the sur-lie method (with yeast lees) in small French, American and Hungarian oak barrels to add flavor and complexity to the wine. By inserting a stainless steel paddle inside the barrel and stirring gently once every four days, our winemaker is able to mix the wine with the yeast cells, or lees, which have settled to the bottom. The yeast cells slowly release a multitude of compounds, which develop the wonderful, complex flavors in the wine. Our Chardonel spends eight months in the oak barrels before being bottled. 1,070 cases produced.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Harvested early-September 2010; Alcohol - 13.7%; Residual Sugar - 0.4%
TASTING INFORMATION: It's elegant, rich and complex, a perfect dry wine to serve with your favorite seafood, chicken and light pasta dishes. The wonderful bouquet and flavor of Chardonel are enhanced by aging "sur-lie" in small oak barrels. Often compared to a rich Chardonnay, this is a wine your guests will want you to serve again and again.
Suggested retail price: $10.99 (750 ml)
2011 Missouri Wine Competition, MO
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