The 2020 Chardonnay Seashell has the most tropical fruit, yet also the most electric acidity of Hudson's three single-parcel Chardonnays. Like the others, it's barrel-fermented using indigenous yeasts in approximately 80% new French oak. Mango and papaya notes are joined by mandarin orange on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is creamy and lushly textured, ending long, citrusy and vibrant.
A compelling, elegant and creamy expression of Chardonnay, with notes of peach pastry, marzipan, poached pear and salted ripe melon. While rich and generous, this shows restraint in the form of a crisp, minerally thread of acidity that weaves in and out, bringing the details further into precision, with hints of lemon verbena that linger.
A complex nose of oyster shell, lemon-grass, fresh hay and rosemary. Medium-to full-bodied with lovely, balanced acidity. Fresh and crystal-clear, with lovely nuance and length. Mineral, citrus and herbal notes all meld together with persistence. Terrific wine.