Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
The Chardonnay from Hyde is some of the most sought-after fruit in the pantheon of great California vineyards. Purchased by Larry Hyde in 1979, and planted two years later, this vineyard is cultivated as 44 distinct blocks. The Hyde-Wente selection used for this Chardonnay is planted on the best soils at Hyde: very low vigour and extremely well-drained sandy, clay loam, which lower the yields even more than usual for this small-berried clone. Alluring orange citrus and white flower aromatics hover above the glass. On the palate, this wine shows what makes Hyde such a grand cru-calibre site, with each sip revealing something new. A vivacious and mineral-infused wine, with elegant flavours of tangerine, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and lavender.