Orin Swift Mannequin Chardonnay 2018
Region: California, USA
Bottle size: 75cl
Powerful Californian white, highly perfumed with honeysuckle, jasmine and pineapple, the mouth a memorable blend of ripe stone fruit, wet stone and a splash of Meyer lemon.
Largely sourced from the Sonoma Coast and Atlas Peak AVAs, Mannequin has been a staple of the Orin Swift lineup showcasing the best California Chardonnay available. Winemaker Dave Phinney searched across the state and ended up closer to home than usual. Through a number of trials, he blended together a balanced Chardonnay, using a bit of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat to flesh out the wine and add complexity, resulting in a wine unlike any out there.
The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, he founded Orin Swift Cellars in 1998; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others as well as himself and grew the brand to what it is today.