Wasenhaus - 2016 Chardonnay “Filzen”
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Filzen is a single parcel on a western facing slope just to the south of Bellen, their top Pinot Noir vineyard. The soils are a mix of limestone bedrock and calcium rich clays. The wine comes from a single aromatic clone of Chardonnay that manages to maintain a serious edge while being extremely upfront in nature.
It was raised in a single old barrel for twenty months without racking to allow the secondary and tertiary notes to balance this clone’s exuberant primary aromatics. The wine is quite reductive (in a good way) during the fermentation and the cellar aging, likely due to its extended time on the fine lees. The wine’s general profile seems to land somewhere between the mineral and straight nuances of Chardonnay and the more rounded, friendly and understated Pinot Blanc, a grape that the boys of Wasenhaus also vinify and give equal or greater importance as Chardonnay from this region.
All SO2 additions are made after malolactic (or later) and finally before bottling. None of the wines are excessive in SO2, all of which range between 30-50 parts per million in total. In all their wines they prefer to vinify without sulfur and make the additions once the wines have more clearly found their natural direction.