2011 Arcturos Sur Lie ChardonnayThis is a lovely unoaked Chardonnay from a very good vintage. The terroir component of Northwest Michigan is represented well in this wine. There are flinty and steely aromas combined with classic Chardonnay fruit flavors of apple, citrus, and pear.
Flavor and Aroma:
This is a wonderful medium bodied dry Chardonnay. There are ripe citrus and pineapple flavors followed by floral notes and subtle minerality.
Good cellaring will reward the patient individual for up to ten years.
Thoughts for Food:
This is a particularly food friendly wine. The medium body will stand up to savory dishes including those rich with cheese and cream sauces. At the same time the great acidity will cleanse the palate. It is an easy match for roasted meats including chicken and pork, as well as an assortment of freshwater fish and seafood.
Wine Maker Comments:
This may be the perfect expression of Michigan Chardonnay. There is no oak used in the fermentation or aging, so what you have is the pure expression of fruit and soil in one of the great grapes of the world.
-Lee Lutes, Winery Manager/Winemaker
Double Gold: 2012 International Eastern Wine Competition
Bronze: 2012 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition
Bronze: 2013 Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Black Star Farms 10844 E. Revold Road Suttons Bay, MI 49682