Producer Spotlight: Raj Parr’s Chardonnays

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Delve into an exploration of Chardonnay from regional to single-vineyard expressions, as voiced through the lens of Raj Parr across California and Oregon.

  • Sandhi Central Coast | Chardonnay
  • Sandhi Sanford & Benedict | Chardonnay
  • Evening Land Seven Springs | Chardonnay
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Sandhi Central Coast Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — California, USA
When — 2019

Touches of flint, stone fruits and white peach on the nose leading to ripe yellow apples and a silky texture on the palate.

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2019 represents the inaugural release of the Central Coast Chardonnay. The fruit is sourced from a variety of microclimates and soils across the region, with a focus on older vines. More than five subregions are included in the blend, including fruit from the prized Bien Nacido and Phelan Farm vineyards. The growers here all worked without the use of herbicides or chemical fertilisers in the vines. 

The wine was barrel fermented, for both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, in a mix of barriques and larger puncheons. No new oak was used in the wine, and all fermentation occurred naturally. 

In Raj’s own words, he’s incredibly proud of the first release and believes it represents a prime example of what happens when farmers, vineyards and winemakers come together. The wine is a great insight into old-vine Californian Chardonnay captured through the lens of low-intervention winemaking. 

 

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Sandhi Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — California, USA
When — 2017

Aromas of baker’s yeast, crushed stones, white peach and fresh pastry. The palate holds nuances of stone fruit and orchard fruits, over a juicy acidity and long, textured finish.

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Amongst the vineyards of the region, Sandford & Benedict holds a very special place for many winemakers. It was one of the founding vineyards of the Santa Rita Hills, with its first plantings dating back to 1971. It was a site selected by botanist Michael Benedict and friend Richard Sanford for its cool climate conducive for growing grapes just on the edge of ripening, without providing overripe fruit. Its north-facing aspect sitting on well-draining but clay-rich topsoil over silica and limestone lends itself to producing fruit with incredible complexity. Cuttings from the vineyard have been used for many subsequent plantings within the region. 

The Sandhi Sanford & Benedict underwent natural fermentation in 500L puncheons, with 20% being new oak. It stayed there for around 10 months, before a further 6 months in-tank before bottling. A truly small production of only 260 cases was produced. 

The complexity and interweaving of some of the region’s best fruit, along with a deft hand in the winery has resulted in a stunning example of what is possible from the Santa Rita Hills. 

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Evening Land Seven Springs Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — Oregon, USA
When — 2017

A highly perfumed bouquet of fresh citrus orchard fruits and a flinty minerality emerges with air. Powerful and concentrated yet lithe on the palate with flavours of Meyer lemon, candied ginger and fresh brioche.

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The history of the Evening Land site holds many chapters, seeing Raj and Sashi becoming the vineyard’s custodians since 2014. This milestone also marked 30 years since the first plantings on the site. It is located in the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. The name of Evening Land Vineyards was inspired by the lure of Homer’s ideal garden and is the final chapter of Homer’s Odyssey. 

The Seven Springs Estate Chardonnay comes from a unique block of young vines at the southern edge of the Seven Springs vineyard which adjoins a rich Douglas fir forest. A mix of Burgundian clones of Chardonnay is planned facing north-west. It was barrel fermented using natural yeasts in French oak with roughly 30% being new. It saw around 12 months in barrel before a further 6 months of élevage in-tank prior to bottling. 

The detailed expression of the wine represents a culmination of old vines farmed biodynamically with knowledgeable touch, for one of the region’s most compelling examples. 

 

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Description

Having almost seen it all in the wine world over his 22 years in the industry, sommelier-cum-winemaker Raj Parr has placed his focus on the winemaking side of the equation for the last decade. In 2010, partnering with renowned winemaker Sashi Moorman, he created Sandhi. Their aim was to create wines that truly speak of the places from which they come, with organic practices in the vineyards and as little intervention through the winemaking process as possible. 2014 marked an expansion of the pair’s holdings when they took on the long-standing Evening Land vineyard in Oregon and became the first sole stewards of the vineyard. They additionally work together with Domaine de la Cote, which is purely focused upon Pinot Noir. 

The style of American Chardonnay wines they aim to produce runs counter to many commonly held notions around rich, oaky and alcoholic examples. A philosophy of restrained alcohol with less winemaking artefact is central to their range of examples. 

The uniting factor across all expressions from Raj and Sashi is a focus upon making wines of finesse, minerality, acidity, structure and balance. The wines represent a balance of both estate-owned fruit and grapes from some of the regions most iconic vineyards. Each is made in relatively small quantities, with a very limited selection of wines available here. 

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Sandhi Central Coast Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — California, USA
When — 2019

Touches of flint, stone fruits and white peach on the nose leading to ripe yellow apples and a silky texture on the palate.

+ Read More

2019 represents the inaugural release of the Central Coast Chardonnay. The fruit is sourced from a variety of microclimates and soils across the region, with a focus on older vines. More than five subregions are included in the blend, including fruit from the prized Bien Nacido and Phelan Farm vineyards. The growers here all worked without the use of herbicides or chemical fertilisers in the vines. 

The wine was barrel fermented, for both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, in a mix of barriques and larger puncheons. No new oak was used in the wine, and all fermentation occurred naturally. 

In Raj’s own words, he’s incredibly proud of the first release and believes it represents a prime example of what happens when farmers, vineyards and winemakers come together. The wine is a great insight into old-vine Californian Chardonnay captured through the lens of low-intervention winemaking. 

 

Out of stock

Sandhi Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — California, USA
When — 2017

Aromas of baker’s yeast, crushed stones, white peach and fresh pastry. The palate holds nuances of stone fruit and orchard fruits, over a juicy acidity and long, textured finish.

+ Read More

Amongst the vineyards of the region, Sandford & Benedict holds a very special place for many winemakers. It was one of the founding vineyards of the Santa Rita Hills, with its first plantings dating back to 1971. It was a site selected by botanist Michael Benedict and friend Richard Sanford for its cool climate conducive for growing grapes just on the edge of ripening, without providing overripe fruit. Its north-facing aspect sitting on well-draining but clay-rich topsoil over silica and limestone lends itself to producing fruit with incredible complexity. Cuttings from the vineyard have been used for many subsequent plantings within the region. 

The Sandhi Sanford & Benedict underwent natural fermentation in 500L puncheons, with 20% being new oak. It stayed there for around 10 months, before a further 6 months in-tank before bottling. A truly small production of only 260 cases was produced. 

The complexity and interweaving of some of the region’s best fruit, along with a deft hand in the winery has resulted in a stunning example of what is possible from the Santa Rita Hills. 

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Evening Land Seven Springs Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — Oregon, USA
When — 2017

A highly perfumed bouquet of fresh citrus orchard fruits and a flinty minerality emerges with air. Powerful and concentrated yet lithe on the palate with flavours of Meyer lemon, candied ginger and fresh brioche.

+ Read More

The history of the Evening Land site holds many chapters, seeing Raj and Sashi becoming the vineyard’s custodians since 2014. This milestone also marked 30 years since the first plantings on the site. It is located in the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. The name of Evening Land Vineyards was inspired by the lure of Homer’s ideal garden and is the final chapter of Homer’s Odyssey. 

The Seven Springs Estate Chardonnay comes from a unique block of young vines at the southern edge of the Seven Springs vineyard which adjoins a rich Douglas fir forest. A mix of Burgundian clones of Chardonnay is planned facing north-west. It was barrel fermented using natural yeasts in French oak with roughly 30% being new. It saw around 12 months in barrel before a further 6 months of élevage in-tank prior to bottling. 

The detailed expression of the wine represents a culmination of old vines farmed biodynamically with knowledgeable touch, for one of the region’s most compelling examples. 

 

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