This bottling, our 20th vintage from this wonderful yet tiny site, shows great generosity and viscosity as it usually does. It is an impressive site for Chardonnay and regardless of whether we harvest on the earlier side or the later side of ‘the window,’ its core personality remains remarkably consistent. Star fruit, apple and pear is the fruit signature for Helfer.
Despite a slightly lower alcohol level this year (14.3%) this vintage is a bit more lusty than 2015 or 2014 were before it. It is currently showing its non-fruit elements on its sleeve: Umami-laden lees contact, barrel elements play tag team in balancing that signature star-fruit character of this site. There is an incredible level of creaminess yet it still finishes on a salivary upward note. It works well with roast chicken, lobster and/or close friends.