Dec 2015 - Luis Gutierrez - The 2014 EQ Chardonnay is sourced from a slope vineyard on granitic soils at 19 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. The whole clusters were cool down and pressed at low pressure. There was a big frost in the spring of 2013, so yields were cut in half, and the Chardonnay was the grape most affected by this. The must fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak barrels where the lees were worked totaling some 11 months in barrel before bottling. It wants to be a classical Chardonnay showing the coastal freshness with good acidity, balanced by some creaminess in the palate. There are some yellow fruit aromas and plenty of yeasty hints. Only a small percentage of the wine goes through malolactic, just to add a creamy note to balance the sharp texture of the granite soils. The palate is medium-bodied and combines ripe, slightly exotic aromas and a sea breeze, marine profile.