Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay 2014
Silver represents an effort to unite the crisp mineral essence of the classic Chablis style with the tropical elements found in Chardonnay of the Pacific coastline in an un-oaked style. Chardonnay grown in special blocks of the Mer Soleil Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County was harvested when just fully ripe and the juice fermented and aged in cement tanks (the ceramic bottle is a reference to those). The wine has a pale gold colour with a green tint. Clean, lively aromas of honeydew melon and green apple carry over to delicate tropical fruit flavours of pineapple and papaya, balanced with crisp mineral notes. The full texture lasts through a luxuriously long finish.