Tropical fruit notes with a hint of vanilla and toasted oak make this a bona fide Californian classic. Not for nothing has this been the best $20+ Chardonnay in the States for the least 22 years.
Since the launch of the hugely successful ‘KJ’ (Kendall-Jackson) Chardonnay, in 1982, the couple has built an unrivalled collection of wineries to become one of the world’s leading fine wine companies. Today the company seeks to retain the character and integrity of the individual wineries by ensuring that each one is independently run with its own winemaker, vineyards, varietal focus and style. Over the years, the Banke-Jackson family has assembled an unparalleled portfolio of esteemed vineyards and wineries along California’s cool coastal ridges. These properties stretch northwards from Santa Barbara up through Monterey, Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, before continuing into Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley. Outside the United States, Jackson Family Wines also owns estates in St. Émilion, Tuscany, McLaren Vale and Chile. Each winery has its own winemaker, vineyards, varietal focus and unique style.
The Banke-Jacksons pride themselves on the quality of their wines, their stewardship of the land and their commitment to sustainable practices. Their commitment to the environment was recognised in 2016 when they received the ‘Green Medal Leader’ award for leadership in sustainable wine production – the Californian wine community’s most prestigious sustainability honour. They are also the largest generator of onsite solar energy in the United States wine industry with 6.7 megawatts generated across nine wineries, creating enough electricity to power over 1,400 homes. They have also reduced their total water usage by 31% since 2008, saving the equivalent of 28 million gallons annually, and they now use 30% less water than the industry average.
• Crafted in small vineyard lots throughout the entire winemaking process
• Whole cluster pressed to retain the fresh fruit qualities
• Sur lie aging with monthly battonage (lees stirring) for our signature velvety texture and creamy flavor
92% barrel fermented and aged 6 months in French (5% new) and American oak (6% new).