Marimar Estate Acero Chardonnay

£26.50 / bottle
£302.10 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Marimar Estate Acero Chardonnay is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes from Marimar Torres’ Don Miguel Vineyard the Green Valley – the coolest, foggiest region of the Russian River, only ten miles from the Pacific.

Owner Marimar Torres is the sister of Miguel Torres, patriarch and CEO of the world-famous Torres Spanish wine company. Marimar began planting vines in 1986 and here vineyards are the only Californian vineyards to be totally planted in the European style – the vines are planted on a south west facing vertical training system, the grafts are Phylloxera resistant and the planting density is 5000 vines per hectare, which is about four times more than the traditional Californian planting density. These characteristics favour competition among plants and roots, reducing yield in the plants. The vines live for longer in this way and develop more intense and elegant aromas, greater concentration of flavours and more balance. The winery was completed in 1992 and sits on a hill surrounded by the vineyards.

Marimar Estate Acero Chardonnay is the estate’s top unoaked Chardonnay. Acero is the Spanish word for steel and reflects the fact that the wine does not see any oak at all. This is 100% Chardonnay grapes (87% See, 8% Rued and 5% Spring Mountain clones) that are specially chosen for their intensity and aromatics. After harvest the grapes are gently whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented, using Torres’ own indigenous yeast, in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees F. After the primary fermentation the wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation in the same stainless steel tanks.

Why is the wine named Acero? Acero is the Spanish word for steel and it refers to the fact that this wine has never seen any oak.

Serve With

Marimar Estate Acero Chardonnay is a great match for tapas or light dishes and salads.

Tasting Notes

From Marimar Estate: “Exuberant aromas of Gravenstein apple, classic of the See clone, with notes of lemon zest and orange blossom, perfect acid balance and refreshing minerality reminiscent of wet stones. On the palate it is creamy and rich, seamless and round.”

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