Sandar & Hem Mindego Ridge Chardonnay 2018

Category
A striking and well-layered nose combines mineral reduction with fresh citrus and just-ripe pineapple, opening up to notes of green almond, hazelnut, and fennel. On the palate, the wine is deep, complex, and very mineral in personality, bracing with nerve yet beautifully elegant.

What’s Cool
Why we think this wine is awesome!

Lean and mean, but nice
Chardonnay
White
Still
750ml

Number of cases produced
Our producers only make a small amount of
each wine – these wines really are unique

150

AVA
American Viticultural Area, like a sub
region of designation, Calistoga, Rutherford etc.

Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Cruz County
California

Vine Age
Age of the vines that the wine is made from

less than 25
Organic
Coastal with elevation

Vessel
What the wine ages in and how long

New Oak 20% Stainless Steel

Vineyard
Where was the wine was physically made

Mindego Ridge
2018

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44 in stock

£37.50

44 in stock

Sandar & Hem Mindego Ridge Chardonnay 2018

Description

Eight miles inland from the Pacific Ocean atop a ridge of fractured Purisima Shale lies the Mindego Ridge Vineyard. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are at home here on steep, southern facing slopes benefiting from a heavily marine-influenced climate, producing wines of intense minerality, complexity, and character. A striking and well-layered nose combines mineral reduction with fresh citrus and just-ripe pineapple, opening up to notes of green almond, hazelnut, and fennel. On the palate, the wine is deep, complex, and very mineral in personality, bracing with nerve yet beautifully elegant. The combination of punch and finesse rockets through the finish, as the citrus and tree-fruit core gives way to the subtlety of roasted nuts and crushed rocks.

“The 2018 Chardonnay Mindego Ridge is a wine of body and texture. There is plenty of the energy that distinguishes all of the Sandar & Hem wines, but the Mindego Ridge Chardonnay has a good bit of mid-palate richness and weight as well. Light tropical accents and a kiss of new oak add to its racy, extroverted personality. It, too, will benefit from several hours of aeration.” 93 points 2020-2026 – Antonio Galloni

There is a lot to be excited about for this new brand, including this very Chablis-like bottling from a mountaintop vineyard planted on fractured shale. Pristine aromas of chalk, lime blossom, yuzu sorbet and spearmint are quite fascinating. The palate is framed by a chalky tension and loaded with crushed oyster-shell flavors as well as under ripe apricot, nectarine and lemon rind.
EDITOR’S CHOICE, Wine Enthusiast MATT KETTMANN RATING 94

Aging Fermented and raised in French oak barrels (20% new) for 12 months, then 6 months in stainless steel

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