Orin Swift Mannequin California Chardonnay 2016

California
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£31.95 per bottle
40 in stock

Lisa Perrotti-Brown (RobertParker.com)

"The 2016 Chardonnay Mannequin has delicate peach blossoms and ripe pears notes with hints of ginger, freshly baked bread and allspice. Full-bodied with a seductive oiliness to the texture, it fills the palate with spicy pears plus savory/toasty nuances, finishing long and perfumed. 8,100 cases produced."

The Label

I often get asked, what comes first with a wine? Is it the name, the label or the wine itself? It's different for every wine and for this one, it was the name. I was driving, listening to a song and it had a line, "You at a stand still, mannequin." It got me thinking about mannequins and their purpose to serve as a stylized representation of the human form to showcase clothes, or in this case, a wine. Clothing, much like wine, evolves over time to reflect trends, nature and creative whims, yet the mannequin always remains static.

The Wine 

With this image of mannequins, I knew it should be a white wine. It was conceived as a white blend, but it gradually developed into a cuvée dominated by Chardonnay and blended with aromatic varieties that change vintage to vintage. We choose grapes from vineyards with particularly cool climates to provide lush flavours with bright acidity.

Dave Phinney (Winemaker)

Taste & Aroma

Score:91

The 2016 Chardonnay Mannequin has delicate peach blossoms and ripe pears notes with hints of ginger, freshly baked bread and allspice. Full-bodied with a seductive oiliness to the texture, it fills the palate with spicy pears plus savory/toasty nuances, finishing long and perfumed. 8,100 cases produced.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown (robertparker.com)

Producer

Orin Swift Cellars are an incredibly exciting and creative winery to work with. In short, the brilliance of the wines, creativeness and unparalleled blending talents have built an incredible portfolio with minimum words and maximum impact. Every wine is carefully crafted from start to finish, including the state of art labels.

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Region

California is the largest and most important wine region in the US – in fact, if California were a separate country it would be the world’s fourth largest wine producer! California stretches along the west coast of the USA meaning that soils and climates vary enormously depending on the area’s altitude, latitude and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Generally the cooler regions closer to the coast are most suited to the growing of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, whilst further inland (where the climate is much hotter) some of California’s most famous Cabernet Sauvignon wines are grown. The famous Ridge Estate is located here and produces some of the best and most sought after wines in California. If you enjoy Chardonnay, we highly recommend you take a look at Liquid Farm Winery, whose Chardonnay’s (we believe!) rival those of Burgundy.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Burgundy Glass

For powerful and expressive wines above 13% alcohol. The shape of the bowl integrates the components of the wine, bringing to the foreground the fruit and sweeter notes.

Ideal for: Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Chardonnay and Grunen Veltliner.

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