Lyme Bay is a small, dedicated West Country company passionate about producing delicious and award-winning English Wines, Fruit Wines, Ciders, Meads and Liqueurs from their home in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley.
An award-winning blended 100% chardonnay wine with a depth of fruit and body that takes Lyme Bay Chardonnay to the next level in winemaking quality.
A beautiful, long, hot summer in 2020 enabled grapes to fully ripen on the vine, resulting in intensity of flavour and body. This is a blend of aromatic and non-aromatic chardonnay fruit sourced from a collection of growers in Essex where the microclimate and soil allows the grapes to achieve excellent ripeness, harvested between 8 – 20th October 2020. Fermented in a mixture of stainless steel and oak at cool temperatures using selected Burgundy yeast strains to enhance complexity, stone fruit, floral characters and minerality. Post fermentation there was full malolactic fermentation and extended fine lees ageing with some bâtonnage to accentuate the natural weight and ripe fruit.
Light gold in colour. A complex nose of creamy green & red apples, toast, peaches & a hint of mango. Rounded with nice weight, ripe stone fruit characters combine with the subtle creaminess of the oak creating layers of flavour and complexity. A crisp and complex framework makes this wine an excellent match with food, and it also has the structure to support extended ageing.