Plenty of structure, but not cloying on the palate. Fresh and complex, with very pure fruit: mango, peach and apricot. The finish is multi-layered, with lingering tropical fruits.
We reserved small micro-blocks of Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat in our Oakville Cross Road Estate Vineyard for this wine. Botrytis Cinerea, known as the “noble rot”, flourishes in these small blocks between late October and late November, leading to fantastic concentration of sugar and flavor, both of which are essential for the production of this magical wine.
Chardonnay, one of the world's noble varietals, enjoys a particularly diverse lifestyle in our “heart-of-Cabernet-country” estate in Oakville. Extending his deft hand beyond the extraordinary Salon Chardonnay (a dead ringer for old world Burgundy...with hints of Chablis), winemaker Chris Phelps leaves a small bit of chardonnay fruit on the vine past harvest hoping for conditions conducive to the onset of the noble rot. The remarkable result is bottled in extremely limited quantities as the wine Tardif (French for late), our luscious and impossibly delicious Late Harvest Chardonnay.