2021 Sandhi Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay

Highly Rated
Flinty, kinetic Chardonnay offering superb value from one of California's most iconic vineyards.

Price:
Sale price$110.00
Stock:
In stock, ready to ship, only 2 units left

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Description

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.

95 points
"Tasted at the beginning of 2023, a reductive quality was still obscuring bright, penetrating green apple and kiwi flavours with a smoky, earthen veil. It's a gorgeously sleek, richly textured wine with a pulsating core of acidity and salty mineral intensity."
- Decanter

2021 marks the inclusion of higher pedigree Chardonnay than years past, and the bump in quality shows. It is a blend of just two vineyards — largely Domaine de la Côte alongside Hines Family Estate. Dense in fruit and flintiness, candied citrus peel, nectarine, sea salt and a hint of spice make way for briny, blazing acidity. The oak is well-integrated, adding texture to tang.

Vineyard
Domaine de la Côte, Hines Family Estate

Appellation
Sta. Rita Hills

Alcohol
12.8

Varietal
Chardonnay

Aging
8 mos. in 500L puncheon, 6 mos. in stainless steel tank

95 points - "Tasted at the beginning of 2023, a reductive quality was still obscuring bright, penetrating green apple and kiwi flavours with a smoky, earthen veil. It's a gorgeously sleek, richly textured wine with a pulsating core of acidity and salty mineral intensity." - Decanter

94 points - "Lovely texture and density, showing dried apple, fresh ginger and pastry dough. Layered, with phenolic tension. Drink or hold." - James Suckling

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