Peter Michael, Mon Plasir, Chardonnay, Knights Valley, 2018
| ABV 14.2%
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The smallest production of all the PMW chardonnays, Mon Plaisir is chosen from a specific parcel of the mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. The vineyard is a perfect combination of full sun exposure and abundant cooling marine influences. This produces low yields and enhances the extracted perfume that makes Mon Plaisir a pure classic style. Slow, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample ‘gras’ and a round mouth feel. True to its name this wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and fragrant. The 2018 Mon Plaisir displays an explosion of fresh butter, orchard fruits, honey, white rose, jasmine with subtle notes of greengage. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemon, pear, apple, and fresh almond. A mineral character coated by ‘Pain d’épices’, crystallized Tahitian vanilla and cloves complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish with complementary accents reminiscent of a forest after the rain. Enjoyable now, it will age for a decade or more.