Note: the 'Heritage Reserve' series is increasingly termed the 'California' series by De Loach.
The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the Cecil and Christine De Loach. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and biodynamic viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.
For the Heritage Reserve series, Russian River Valley wines are combined with those from selected premier cool-climate growing regions in California, particularly the Central Coast, to produce an approachable, good value range. De Loach practices sustainable viticulture and minimally intrustive winemaking.
The majority of the must was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The remaining fruit was barrel-fermented, which produced a more richly textured wine. These wines were then blended together to produce a balanced, textured wine displaying the pure fruit character of the Chardonnay grape. After blending, one third of the wine was aged in small French oak barrels for five months. Also, 20% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation adding to the textural complexity.
The 2016 California Chardonnay displays nicely integrated notes of green figs and creamy vanilla that intertwine perfectly with tropical flavours of pineapple, papaya and mango. Immediately enjoyable, this wine is delightfully balanced with a bright acidity and is soft with a long finish.
Please click the blue link below to see a full technical/tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.
De Loach Heritage Reserve/California Chardonnay 2016 - fiche technique