WSU student winemaker's were interested in what flavor differences might be found in different clones of Chardonnay. For this comparison, clone 15 and clone 95 of Chardonnay were selected. The grapes were sourced from Stillwater Creek Vineyard on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills in Royal City, Wash–a vineyard know for inovative vineyar management and unique selection of premium clones. Both clones were planted at the same time (around 2009), side by side, on VSP trellis, under the same management practice for thinning and fruit exposure. Grapes were hand-harvested on September 5, 2018.
In the winemakeing, juice was extracted from both clones using whole-cluster press. Both wines were fermented in neutral oak barrels. After completion of alcoholic and malalatic fermentation, the wines were aged on lees for 8 months before bottling. Upon completion, the seperate wines were bottles to showcase the dynamics of the Chardonnay variety based on clonal selection.
Aroma/Flavor: Fig, Dried Fruit
AVA: Columbia Valley
Partner Vineyard: Stillwater Creek Vineyard
Partner Winemaker: Charlie Hoppes, Wine Boss Winery
Compostion: 12.74% alcohol, TA 4.69, pH 3.45, RS 0.67 g/L