Melville, Blanc de Blancs, Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, 2017
| ABV 12.2%
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This Blanc de Blancs is made in the traditional method with no dosage. Because of the long growing season in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, the fruit gains both tremendously complex flavours and ripe acidity, giving us plenty of depth and weight naturally without the addition of sugar. Melville always elect to avoid any form of manipulation in the interest of preserving purity. Golden straw in colour, vibrant and crisp aromatics of granny smith apples, lemon peel and a hint of toasted brioche spring from the glass. On the palate, fresh and zippy notes of jasmine flower, rock salt and jicama are immediately apparent while more tender components of marzipan, grilled pineapple and honeycomb linger in the background. Bone dry in texture, vivacious and tight bubbles provide ample lift that leads to a lingering and concentrated finish.