Pemberton makes intense Chardonnay, textural and rich in the style of the timeless classics from the grand vineyards of the old world. Fashioned to the luxurious regimens of barrel ferments and lees stirring battonage, Castelli make a big Chardonnay wine of lifted nutty spice complexity, gunflint and minerality, power, elegance and exquisite length, all supported by sound structure and nougaty French oak. Ageworthy if you are prepared to wait, sublime drinking right now alongside the finest white meats, dressed with creamy white sauces, truffles and morel.
Hand picked parcels of Chardonnay are chilled and whole bunch pressed direct to barrel, the balance is harvested throughout the cool of night to retain vitality. A mix of choice winery cultures and wild indigenous yeasts initiate vinification, batches are fermented to dryness, a component is treated to full malolactic. A couse of regular, nonoxidative lees stirring is employed to infuse palate richnes while developing luxurious mouthfeel and solid structure. A term of maturation, aimed at striking the optimal balance between French oak tannins and expression of fruit, is followed by the assemblage and bottling in December.