Gothic Wine 'Ophelia' Chardonnay 2011
Named after the star-crossed noblewomen from Hamlet, Ophelia is Gothic's first white wine. Vibrant aromas of yellow apple, summer melon, and jasmine are complimented by flavors of ginger blossom, confit, lemon, and starfruit. Judicious use of lees contact and neutral oak during elevage helped the 2011 Ophelia develop a medium body and silky mouthfeel, followed by a crisp, lingering finish.
The 2011 'Ophelia' Chardonnay was harvested on November 3rd, from exclusively LIVE-certified vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. After a cool start to the growing season, grapes matured late into an Indian summer under warm, sunny skies, allowing Gothic to harvest beautiful, mature fruit under ideal, albeit later-than-usual conditions. 2011 is on record as the latest harvest ever throughout the Willamette Valley. Post harvest and sorting, the Chardonnay was whole-cluster pressed, fermented, and settled in tank, and racked to a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak. The long, cool fermentation was followed by elevage in entirely neutral vessels and the wine was bottled in July of 2012. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation.