Chantilly Chardonnay 2022


Chantilly is an attractive Chablis-style wine, pale gold, with fresh pineapple slices, tangerine, and honeysuckle.

In developing Chantilly, Dawn and Bill visited Chablis to review the wines and traditional winemaking techniques of the region. Our 50-year old Chantilly vineyard is planted to Clone 4, California's most famous Chardonnay clone, responsible for many fine wines.

Sustainably-grown in our Estate vineyard this wine is fermented in neutral French oak barrels then barrel-aged for 12 months. Using neutral barrels that do not impart the characteristic California Chardonnay oak flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, toast, coconut, etc., that today are associated with ageing wine in newer barrels.

Bursting with fresh pineapple slices, tangerine, and honeysuckle that dominates both the aromas and flavors in the wine. Our Chantilly Chardonnay has a beautiful, medium-bodied mouthfeel with a crisp and zesty finish.
Growing conditions in 2022 required careful vineyard irrigation and canopy management. The lack of adequate winter rain together with frost in late April contributed to a lower-than-normal projected yield. Minimal rainfall and high temperatures in early summer allowed for the fruit that successfully set in the spring to ripen quickly, and the dry conditions diminished any risk of rot.

Up to August moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights created excellent conditions for ripening and usually our California grape harvest starts in August extending through October.

The 2022 harvest was fast-tracked by a heat wave which came as a bit of a surprise however the white varieties and Pinot are showing excellent chemistries in the winery and getting grapes in a little early protects them from any further hot weather and the risk of wildfires.

French oak for 12 months - 33% new, 33% one use, balance neutral.
Color White
Vintage 2022
Harvest Date 20th Aug 2022
Vintage 22.6°
Style White Burgundy
Appellation Dry Creek Valley
Varietal Chardonnay
Date Bottled 21st Aug 2023
Drinkable 2023 - 2026
Alcohol 14.10%
Bottle Size 750ml