Benovia Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2017


Benovia is a vineyard and winery based in the Russian River Valley. Prior to becoming vineyard owners Mary Dewane and Joe Anderson worked in health care, making sure it got to those who needed it most. The Benovia ethos is to work hard in the vineyards, be the best you can and rewards will follow, we certainly found this bottle of Chardonnay very rewarding.

They have three own estate sites and three grower partner sites, all six have their own characters. The cooling mist sits in the valley in the morning, helping the fruit retain acidity, then the vines bask in the ripening sun in the afternoon, ensuring concentrated fruit flavours.

There are small quantities made of these delicious wines. the grapes are farmed sustainably, they use burgundian clones, natural year=st fermentation and age them in french oak. It has everything you might want from a Californian Chardonnay, rich, vibrant, tangy fruit, oak spice and complexity, with a firm back bone of acidity, stopping it from being cloying. Lovely wine.