Producer: Macari Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: 100% chardonnay
Macari Vineyards 2019 "Early Wine" Chardonnay
I say it every year, but you can think of it as Long Island’s version Beaujolais Nouveau — except it’s made with chardonnay, and it's delicious.
Initially inspired by the Austrian jungwein (young wine) of Macari’s consulting winemaker Helmut Gangl’s homeland, Austria — Macari winemaker Kelly Urbanik Koch has made it her own.
Green apple, juicy pear, jasmine tea, lime, and grapefruit aromas lead into a light-bodied, juicy palate that bursts with pear and apple flavors with just a little peachy deliciousness.
There is a subtle sweetness here, but the crisp, juicy acidity provides excellent balance. It’s that balance and its tension between sweetness and nervy freshness that makes it a standout.