The grapes were harvested at optimal maturities and barrel fermented in 100% American Oak barrels in ZD's state-of-the-art cellar, which is kept at a cool 48°F during fermentation. This slow, cold fermentation lasts upwards of 8-10 weeks, and helps preserve the lush tropical and citrus aromas that can dissipate during more traditional warmer fermentations. No malo-lactic fermentation ensures a perfect balance of forward fruit and crisp acidity. Aged for 10 months in barrel adds a richness and complexity that rounds out this distinctive chardonnay. With aromas of sweet pineapple, vanilla, pear and lemon zest, this wine exudes richness. Full bodied on the palate, pineapple, pear and sweet vanilla predominate, with a rich creamy mouth-feel that is perfectly balanced with the natural acidity.