CheckMate Artisanal Winery
Knight's Challenge Chardonnay
About this winery
The von Mandl family began their journey over 40 years ago. The first sign of the real potential of the vineyards came in 1994 with a surprise win at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London for ‘Top Chardonnay in the World.’ The family has developed exceptional vineyards with distinctive Chardonnay and Merlot clones, some of which are now over 40 years old, at what are now CheckMate Artisanal Winery vineyards.
A vineyard of contrasting elevations and row orientations provided an opportunity to create a unique wine.
100% wild fermented. Barrel aged in 100% French oak (45% new) for 17 months.
This is a classic Chardonnay with complex powerful fruit, buttery notes and well integrated oak. The palate has an enticing mouthfeel, minerality and green tea notes.