Rita’s crown is located at the highest elevation in the region. The soil consists of fossilized shells, which create a mineral thread in the wine, adding great balance to the fruit flavours in the Chardonnay.
In his recent review of the Sandhi wines, Antonio Galloni said: ‘It is quite conceivable that within a few years the Sandhi Chardonnays and Pinots could become reference point, benchmark wines for Santa Barbara, and ...Learn more
“Chiseled, taut and well crafted, this is a long way from the caricature of super-rich, slightly sweet California Chardonnay. Floral and fresh, with subtle oak, flavours of baking spices and struck match and appealing texture.”
“This spends 11 months in puncheons then 6 months in tank with fine lees. Really precise, pure and fresh with lovely precision and bright lemony fruit. Pure, complex and taut, this is a really expressive Chardonnay. ”
“Light on its feet, yet also beautifully layered, the 2012 Rita's Crown is another Chardonnay that will drink well pretty much upon release, as long as its given some air. Lemon, pineapple, mint, white flowers and white pepper inform the floral, airy finish.”