Duck Pond Cellars Chardonnay

Region Wahluke Slope, Washington, United States
Grape Chardonnay
Style White
Brand Duck Pond Cellars

General information:
For the past 20+ years, Duck Pond has focused on crafting quality wine reflective of the unique terroir of Oregon. Utilizing fruit from our family-owned vineyard sites throughout the Northwest has allowed us to control every aspect of the winemaking process from the vineyard to the bottle.

Soil: Shallow and rocky

Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Origin: Wahluke Slope, Washington, United States

Ageing: Barrel fermented portion aged two months in neutral oak. The lees were stirred twice per month.

Vinification:
Alcohol: 13.7 % vol.
Total Acidity:  0.54 g/l
Residual sugar: o.05 g/l
pH: 3.63

Tasting notes:
Colour: Straw yellow
Aroma: Apple, vanilla, and cinnamon
Palate: Lush and rich with soft acidity

Desert Wind Vineyard is located in Eastern Washington on the Wahluke Slope. This site is considered a zone 3, the hottest in the Columbia Valley; however, the area’s cool evenings allow for acid development. The 480-acre vineyard is a southern facing block with a two percent downhill slope. The soil is very shallow and rocky and the vines are irrigated with an underground drip system. Double catch wires are used to increase air circulation during the growing season. Leaf pulling and cluster thinning are important steps in aiding the ripening of the grapes.

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