2012 Paul Mathew Chardonnay
Weeks Vineyard

Winemaking Philosophy

Paul Mathew Vineyards is committed to low input winemaking using indigenous yeast and Malolactic bacteria. This process is much slower and more time consuming but produces wine lush on the palate with seamless flavors.

Vineyards

Weeks Vineyard is on Occidental Road near Jonive total of twelve acres planted to chardonnay. Planting began in the 1980’s to wente clone. This vineyard is located on goldridge soil 2 miles east of the town of Occidental. Because of the low yields and high acidity this vineyard works well with our winemaking style.

Winemaking

Grapes came in October 1st at 22.1 Brix. The grapes were pressed whole cluster to tank for overnight settling then put to barrel with about 50% of the solids. We had five French oak barrels, two new. The fermentation lasted 7 weeks, very slow and steady, then went through malolactic fermentation for another 13 weeks. Nothing was added to the wine except sulphites. The wine was bottled September 3, 2013 unfiltered and unfined.

Winemaker's Notes