To produce the Chardonnay “Heritage Collection” DeLoach the must was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to retain fresh fruit flavours in the wine. The winemakers then blended in a small amount of barrel-fermented Chardonnay in order to add further aromatic complexity and richness.
The grapes for the Heritage Chardonnay were carefully chosen from cool, fog-influenced vineyards sustainably farmed along the California Coast. The team at DeLoach practise sustainable viticulture and have a light touch in the winery to ensure the wine stays true to its origin.
Established in 1973 by Cecil De Loach, a firefighter from San Francisco, DeLoach was purchased by Burgundian Jean-Claude Boisset in 2003. His son Jean-Charles Boisset saw the similarities of the Russian River Valley with his native Burgundy and the potential that the region held for producing fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. One of his first decisions having acquired the estate was to convert the seven hectares of vineyard surrounding the winery to biodynamic farming. Head winemaker Brian Maloney has worked at DeLoach since 2003 and has proved instrumental in evolving DeLoach by continuing to explore different soils across the Russian River Valley and focusing on high-quality, small-lot winemaking.