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2016 The Hilt Chardonnay Old Guard

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2016 The Hilt Chardonnay Old Guard

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml

HK$1,200.00

Tasting Notes:

The 2016 Chardonnay Old Guard was aged 11 months in neutral oak and finished with six months in stainless steel. It features scents of spiced peach cobbler, lime peel, petrichor, slivered almonds, quince and chamomile—this is much more open and giving than its 2017 counterpart. It's light to medium-bodied, tensile and mineral-driven in the mouth with tangy acidity and a long finish. This still has so much life ahead of it. 405 cases were made.

Tasting Notes:

The 2016 Chardonnay Old Guard comes from the oldest vines of the estate and is brought up all in older oak. It offers an almost Alsatian Riesling-like minerality and green citrus streak, with more orchard fruits, white flowers, and classic salinity coming through with time in the glass. Deep, rich, and beautifully textured on the palate, it has vibrant acidity, plenty of density and mid-palate oomph, and a great finish. It too will keep for a decade or more, and I suspect it will be even better with a year or two in bottle.

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The Hilt champions pinot noir and chardonnay from the climate margins of California's coastal winegrowing regions—Santa Barbara County's Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley AVA's prominent among them.The philosophy of "growing in the margins" propels winegrowers to employ practices that enable grapes to show full transparency of site—key to The Hilt's philosophy. Within this framework, The Hilt ferments two distinct styles of wine-The Old Guard and The Vanguard. The former relies on elegant clonal selections planted on poorer soils along with minimalist cellar methods to produce a wine with minerality and structure at its fore. The latter is sourced from more robust clones planted on slightly richer soils revealing a wine with balance, power and fruit driven qualities. As hinted at in the name, The Hilt goes "all the way" in its quest for expression and quality; nothing is held back in terms of effort.