Finger Lakes, New York, United States
Alc. 12 %
The philosophy of Fox Run Vineyards has been neatly summed up by winemaker Peter Bell, "We call it the 'New Minimal Intervention' because it's a technology-based understanding of when not to apply technology." It is the approach pursued by many great European and 'new world' domains. After hand-harvesting the grapes at their maximum maturity, then sorting, handling is kept to a minimum. After pressing, wines are filtered as little as possible to allow for the true character of each grape variety to shine through. Quality is coaxed, not wrestled, out of the grapes.
The Doyle Family Chardonnay is harvested from some of the oldest plantings of Chardonnay in the Finger Lakes region. Located in upstate New York, south of Lake Ontario, the area is now receiving more recognition and critical acclaim over the last few years. This unoaked Chardonnay is one of our favourites. It is a refreshing, light style, which is easily paired and crowd pleasing! Best consumed now, chill to 10 C.
Bright, pale sunshine yellow, with a clean and clear rim.
True spring freshness is found on the first inhale. Lemon zest, green apple and ripe melon, along with stone fruits like pear. Orange blossom and white florals are combined with more tropical notes of green pineapple and citrus, enhancing the clean, crisp nose.
The freshness on the nose translates onto the palate with bright citrus, pineapple and melon. With no oak treatment, the flavours are kept light and bright. The zippy acidity is refreshing, while the body is on the lighter side of medium. Extended fermentation and six months sur lees leaves a creaminess on the palate that helps to balance the racy acidity and citrus. The alcohol is on the lighter side, letting the wine sing for all occasions!
Duck pate with grainy mustard and pickled olives are great with the wine's acidity. While traditional fish and chips are a fun, casual pairing.