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Keswick Vineyards and Early Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Comparison

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Celebrate International Chardonnay Day with us virtually Thurs, May 21 at 7pm on Keswick Vineyards' Facebook Live! 

Open a bottle of Chardonnay and listen in as we compare two different styles of Chardonnay and answer your questions about the versatile grape which is the second most widely planted grape in Virginia, behind Cabernet Franc. 

We'll be discussing the 2019 Chardonnay from Keswick Vineyards and the 2018 Chardonnay from Early Mountain Vineyards. Both wines are available for curbside pick up at the respective wineries (links below) and can be shipped to addresses in Virginia if ordered by the end of day Tuesday, May 19.

Keswick Vineyards Winemaker Stephen Barnard will discuss our 2019 Chardonnay which was fermented in a combination of 90% Stainless Steel and 10% Neutral French oak and then aged in 100% Stainless Steel for 5 months. While maturing, the wine underwent light lees stirring to keep the wine from being overly textural and there was no malolactic fermentation. 

The color of the wine is very light with a nose that is extremely vibrant and amplified with aromas of green apple, citrus fruit, meyer lemon, wet stone and tangerine. The palate showcases an elevated acidity followed by flavors of green pear, lemon and with aeration some yellow fruit. 

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In contrast, Early Mountain Vineyards Associate Winemaker and Viticulturist Maya Hood White will discuss their 2018 Chardonnay which was barrel fermented and aged, with primarily older French oak - and a bit of new (less than 20%) northern European oak, coopered in Austria. It was bottled with partial malolactic fermentation; a technique employed for texture and mouthfeel, as they modify their farming approach to favor acidity and freshness. 

This wine presents as floral and pure in the aromatics. The flavors lean toward the citrus side of the fruit spectrum with tart apple and pear in the background. As a result the mineralic character of the wine shows through, acting as bridge between the fruit and more savory components of the lees aging. The wine is medium bodied with acidity cleansing the finish.

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