Talbott Vineyards Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay 2021


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A bright, elegant Chardonnay, with aromas of Pink Lady apple, juicy pineapple, pear and caramelised brown sugar. Unctuous and opulent on the palate, with refreshing acidity offering beautiful balance to the ripe tropical fruit.

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£33.25 per bottle

RRP: £37.50 (save 11%)

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Talbott Vineyards is defined by its iconic Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, where the conditions are ideal for exceptional, cool-climate Chardonnay. Located in the northern area of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in the Monterey County, it has been designated one of California’s Grand Cru vineyards by Wine Enthusiast in 2016, for its ability to produce exceptional wines year after year. The vines were first planted in 1972 at an elevation of 168 metres and cover 228 hectares. Due to the proximity of the Pacific Ocean and the east-to-northeasterly exposure, cooling fog and frequent ocean breezes temper the warm sunshine, giving Sleepy Hollow one of the longest growing seasons in California and allowing each grape to develop concentrated flavours. The soils consist of Arroyo Seco gravelly loam & Chualar gravelly loam. Produced primarily from Dijon clones of Chardonnay that range from 15 to 25 years, with a proportion of the blend from the original plantings of the prized South Block, to add continuity and complexity. The vines are certified as sustainably cultivated and the fruit is hand-picked.

The Chardonnay grapes were whole cluster pressed, cold settled and then barrel fermented with selected yeasts in 100% French oak. The wine was matured for 10 months in French oak barrels, of which 40% were new.

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RRP £37.50
Vintage 2021
Alcoholic strength 14%
Country USA
Region California
Subregion Santa Lucia Highlands
Grapes Chardonnay 100%
Dry/Sweet value 1
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian No
Vegan No
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
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Talbott Vineyards

Talbott Vineyards crafts estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir into exquisite coastal wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. In 1950, Robert Talbott, founder of a luxury silk tie company, was introduced to and fell in love with the fine wines of France. He dreamt of using the Burgundian techniques he had become passionate about, to one day make his own Californian wines. Meanwhile, in 1972, the legendary Sleepy Hollow Vineyard was planted for the first time in the cool-climate region of the Santa Lucia Highlands. In 1982, Robert together with his son, Robb, realised his dream and launched Talbott Vineyards. In 1994, they acquired the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard to become an all-estate winery. For 30 years, their wines have consistently garnered praise from wine critics and enthusiasts alike, including a rare 100-point score for the 1990 vintage of the Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay from Wine Spectator during a special retrospective tasting in 1997.

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