2020 Assiduous Chardonnay 'Regan Vineyard'
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
This is 100% Chardonnay from the Regan Vineyard. The grapes were hand harvested at 23.1° The fermentation was carried out by indigenous yeast and bacteria in neutral French oak barrels. The barrels were taken outside into the sun during the peak of fermentation to enable the wine to get as hot as possible to blow off fruity esters. The wine was sur-lie aged and stirred for 8 months to enhance mid-palate richness.
TA- 7.2 g/L
RS- 0.05 g/L (bone dry)
Malic- .89 g/L (partially completed_
Tasting Notes- Extreme Monterey Bay influence and white sandy loam soils have led to a wine with minerality and bright acidity. Sur lie ageing brings richness to the palate. Other aromatics include green apple, citrus, sunflower butter, and wet stone. On the palate this wine starts off full and plush then it finishes with a crisp acidity and lasting savory qualities.
About Assiduous Wines
Winemaker and vineyard manager Keegan Mayo was born in Hawai’i and raised in Santa Cruz, and produces minimal intervention, food friendly wines with a real sense of place. His first introduction into the wine industry was working for a few summers at Split Rail Vineyard in Corralitos. He graduated from UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Program in 2008. While attending school he spent a harvest with Mumm in Napa as a cellar hand and grape sampler. In 2009, he spent the vintage with Church Road Winery in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, before settling into a nearly nine year tenure with Testarossa Winery, where he eventually became the Assistant Winemaker. He only produces wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains.