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2016 The Hilt Chardonnay Vanguard

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2016 The Hilt Chardonnay Vanguard

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml

HK$1,200.00

Tasting Notes:

The 2016 Chardonnay Vanguard aged 11 months in 85% new French oak before finishing in stainless steel for six months. It opens minerally with scents of crushed shell, smoke and gunflint, slowly giving up lime pith, orange blossom, hazelnut, pastry crust and stone fruits. It's vibrant and minerally in the mouth, with light to medium weight, tangy acidity and a chalky texture, finishing long. 497 cases produced.

Tasting Notes:

The 2016 Chardonnay Vanguard comes from some of the younger vines and sees more new oak, with the goal of making a distinctly different wine than the Old Guard release. Despite the new barrels, you wouldn’t know it by tasting the wine, which offers classic notes of citrus blossom, buttered toast, spice, and crushed mint. With medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless texture, no hard edges, and vibrant acidity, it's a total gem in the vintage. Drink it any time over the coming decade.

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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.