About The Wine
Since 2018, the fruit for Sandhi's Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay have come from some of the best vineyard sites in California, including Domaine de la Cote, the iconic estate also run by the terroir-obsessed winemakers Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman.
There's definitely a great sense of pride in the grapes and a sense of place that comes through here. Fermentation uses indigenous yeast, and there's a much more gentle use of oak than in other, bigger Californian examples—just 20% new, 500-litre barrels.
Exceptional quality and restraint, and a bargain price considering the fame of the vineyard that the grapes are sourced from.
Sandhi is the partner wine label to Domaine de la Cote, founded by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman in the Santa Rita Hills area of Santa Barbara, up the coast from Los Angeles.
Sandhi are generally more approachable wines, to the palate and the wallet, than Domaine de la Cote, and explore the potential of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from across Santa Barbara and California.
Sandhi means 'treaty' or 'alliance' in Sanskrit, to represent the partnerships he has formed with local, sustainable grape growers who supply much of the fruit for Sandhi wines.