2019 Unoaked Chardonnay
Bright aromas of crisp pear, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe. Balanced acidity with secondary flavors of honey and red apple. Leaving a clean and round mouthfeel that preserves the varietal characteristic of Chardonnay while achieving structural balance and elegance.
100% Estate Grown
The 2019 Vintage threw everything it could at us winemakers. We started off with a very mild winter, then out of nowhere we saw record snow accumulations in late February that lasted until early March. Thankfully, this did not affect buds on the dormant grapes, but it did cause a delay in bud break; about 2 weeks later than normal. Delayed bud break then delays ripening overall so we did see a later than usual ripening to get to our optimal ripeness, we did see a decent amount of heat accumulation, but the 2019 vintage will go down as a cooler vintage for Washington State. Not only did we have these challenges to overcome, but our typically amazing October was also very trying for us. We did not see one frost on our vines, but we saw two freezing periods that made our winemaking decisions ever more challenging. The 1st frost we saw we were happy with the results thinking we have escaped a terrible outcome in the vineyards, then 9 days later we were hit extremely hard and we saw considerable frost damage to all our grapes. As we are seasoned winemakers, we took this challenge head-on and decides to purchase brand new state of the art equipment including an optical sorter that would eject bad and damaged grapes before any of these grapes went into a fermenter or press. The new equipment worked as amazing for us and the results in the wines are more than pleasing for us as well. Challenging vintages like 2019 really lets you know as a winemaker what you are made of and we at Airfield Estates not only took this challenge head-on, we excelled and the wines we produced from this vintage are going to be more consumer-friendly with higher acidity and lower alcohols but the fruit aspect is exceptional.
Our 2019 Chardonnay is 100% Estate grown and was harvested at optimal maturity in early October. Once harvested, the grapes were sent directly to the press for a gentle pressing. The juice was cold settled for 72 hours; after cold settling, the juice was sent to stainless steel tanks and inoculated with a special yeast strain meant for stainless steel Chardonnays. Fermented cool, with max temperatures in the 60-degree range, allows the wine's fruit to be the star of the show. After fermentation, the tanks had their lees stirred twice a month for 2 months to help build texture and naturally soften the wine, this wine did not undergo any form of malolactic fermentation. Our goal is to create a Chardonnay that is bright with balanced acidity and undergoing any form of malolactic fermentation would deter the wine from that goal. This wine was then stabilized and prepared for bottling.
- Varietal Composition: Chardonnay
- Appellation: Yakima Valley
- Aging / Barrel Program: 100% Stainless steel fermented and aged
- Cases Produced: 402 cases
- Alcohol: 13.3
- pH: 3.56
- Acidity: 6.0
- RS: .8
- Ageability: Now through 2023