"The 2011 Field of Fire Chardonnay is intensely scented of apricots, mangoes and guava with suggestions of buttered toast and baking bread. This medium-bodied wine packs the flavor into a relatively elegant package with tons of savory and tropical fruit flavors lifted by crisp acidity and a finish with great persistence. Drink it now to 2018+."
92+ Points Wine Advocate
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Pyramid Valley Field of Fire Chardonnay 2010
An intriguing nose, insofar as it evokes both ripe – baked apricot, pears in sunshine, marzipan – and very fresh notes: alfalfa flowers, chamomile, fennel blossom. Combines the power and density of very low yields (difficult flowering), with the ease and grace lent by a long cool season.
On the palate, surprising still: richer than is typical for us, but again the cleansing and enlivening effect of this long pure season. (I’ve always disfavored wines from “great” years – short, sharp, hot, shocked. I’ll take a slow fade from summer, anytime.)
24hl/ha from this tiny, south-east facing home block; ten year old vines. Slightly variable soils from top to bottom, though primarily shallow (10-15cm) glauconitic clays over well-drained limestone. Biodynamic from before planting.
Early May pick, whole bunch pressed, care of our friend Nicholas Brown; no settling, no SO2. Vineyard yeast ferment, lasting 15 months, in used French oak, 450-500L puncheons. Natural, spring malolactic. Eleven months on lees in barrel, then transferred to a variable capacity tank for a further 9 months; bottled unfined and unfiltered, in December 2011. Alcohol 14.5%. Production: 70 cases.