The Wine Mailbox Program
Our Wine Mailbox Program brings you a bottle of wine every month in your very own PUBLIC bronze mailbox. Each artisanal wine from Australia, New Zealand, and around the globe, is hand-selected by Chef Brad Farmerie for your enjoyment. Brad will include personal tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, recipes, and sometimes, imported foodstuffs or PUBLIC kitchen creations. And, of course, you’ll receive invitations to PUBLIC special events and private tastings. We also do our best to accommodate last minute and special reservations for our mailbox members.
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THIS MONTH’S FEATURED SELECTION
Picardy – Chardonnay 2012
Pemberton, Western Australia
The Tale: Australia is rightly known as a hot and arid country; the vast majority of its population is found seeking relief along the cooler southern and south-eastern seaboard. Coastal dwellers around the world have long found many advantages of growing wine grapes near oceans and larger bodies of water. The large thermal mass acts as a moderator of climate extremes in weather patterns; radiating relative warmth when a cold snap hits and providing cooling air when summer is in full force. Remote Western Australia has primarily established its viticultural areas around the confluence of the Indian Ocean and Antarctic currents, which secure moderately cooler conditions for grapes. Besides the swelteringly hot Swan Valley north of Perth, most of these locations are also very new areas for grape growing. The star of these new regions is clearly the Margaret River, but we’ve found a gem in the little-known coolest zone, called Pemberton. Our featured producer has been producing wine in Pemberton since just 1993, but are not new to this corner of the country. The Pannell family was crucial to the current rockstar status of the Margaret River region as founders of the Moss Wood winery in 1969. Though they focused on the brilliant Cabernet Sauvignons suited to the former area, they’ve found Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to be best suited to their new location in Pemberton. Picardy’s production is tiny (6000 cases) and the wines receive ultimate care; all their fruit comes from the surrounding property of north-facing estate vineyards at 1000 feet and 22 miles from the ocean. We hope you enjoy this boutique producer from an area more likely to be known via a trivia question!
Pressing: 40% whole-bunch pressed
Fermentation: Two strains of selected yeast
Maturation: 10 months in French barriques, new to four years old, with malo-lactic fermentation, weekly lees stirring
Fining/Filtering: Light filtration
The Flavo(u)r: This white wine is generously medium-bodied with great balance of fruit and mineral-laden acidity. Fresh apricots, nectarines and kumquat round out this refreshingly rich Chardonnay. Acacia flower, brioche and subtle eucalyptus add complexity to the aroma while the textured mineral finish is lead by mouth-watering acidity.