In 2011 I made a white wine from Chardonnay that I called “Sencillo” (simple in Spanish) and it was simply that. Just Chardonnay fruit; no winemaking artifice, so no new oak barrels, no added yeast, no malo-lactic fermentation and no aging on yeast lees to build richness. This is the style of white wine that I prefer in Summer when I’m eating lighter meals. It’s essential to have good fruit though, as any defects cannot be covered up with the afore mentioned techniques. I’ve resurrected the label for this wine, but used our first Estate Viognier for its aromatics and fruit characters and supplemented with Chardonnay to give extra roundness and weight. It’s a lovely Summer white, crisp and clean with no residual sugar, that can be enjoyed on the deck or with chicken and salads.