The Hilt Estate Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills, Santa Barbara 2019


75cl ALC 13%
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An elegant nose with white peach fruit, citrus zest, and gently floral. The palate shows good weight but more importantly great elegance with lifted tropical fruit and a mineral finsh.

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United States, USA, California

Still White

100% Chardonnay

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Environmentally friendly

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Press Review

"Chardonnay was something of a theme among my favourite whites at another recent tasting… the Sta Rita Hills in California, the outstanding, if expensive, windswept orchard vibes of The Hilt Estate Chardonnay 2019."

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David Williams, The Guardian

October 08, 2023

The Hilt

Located in the Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara, the home of The Hilt is the large patchwork of aspects and microclimates of Rancho Salsipuedes. The coolest wine growing area in the state of California benefits from winds whipping through the Sta.

Rita Hills AVA and the most prized vineyards of The Hilt maximise the cool maritime climate, facing north to allow slow ripening throughout the growing season retaining acidity in the grapes. The vineyards are all planted on poor soils that force vines to dig deep for nutrients and naturally limiting the vigour of the vines. Low yields of concentrated grapes translate to complex wines that winemaker Matt Dees strives to showcase the elegance and precision that makes The Hilt wines stand out within the AVA. Founded in 2008, The Hilt is now owned by Stan Kroenke, owner of Screaming Eagle and Bonneau du Martray to go with his ownership of Arsenal FC.

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Press reviews

"I can understand why people have a problem with chardonnay. Originally from Burgundy in eastern France, during the latter part of the 20th and the early part of the 21st centuries it spread through the world’s vineyards, a Starbucks or Coca-Cola-like colonising force whose near-ubiquity came at the expense of dozens of local varieties. It didn’t help that in many cases it was made according to a pair of off-the-peg recipes that were inspired by, but seldom lived-up to, the Burgundian originals: a lean unoaked style based on chablis; and a richer, oaky style initially inspired by Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, and then by the super-charged, butterscotched wines of the big commercial Australian and California brands. But I could never join the ABC Anything But Chardonnay club. Like the Beatles in pop music, chardonnay’s ubiquity can be annoying, but it’s only happened because the wines made from it hit the spot so often, not least this consistently good-value, unoaked, fresh but stone-fruit fleshy bottling from Burgundy producer Louis Latour’s Ardèche outpost."

David Williams, The Guardian

October 08, 2023

"Here’s a complex, luxuriously sweet tawny comprising several vintages. Enticing walnut aromas meld with a rich, figgy caramel finish."

Will Lyons, The Times

October 22, 2023

Delivery information

STANDARD MAINLAND UK DELIVERY – up to 5 working days

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Unless advised otherwise, you will normally receive your delivery in 5 working days*, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Please contact us should this not be the case.

*You should allow longer for delivery to the Scottish Highlands.


£5 on orders of £140 or more to a single address in mainland UK.

For orders under £140 please add £14.95 per delivery address.

Usually delivered the next working day (on orders placed before 1pm on a working day).

Please note, whilst the majority of parcels sent on this service are received the next working day, this is not guaranteed and excludes the Scottish Highlands.


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Isle of Wight and Northern Ireland ‒ first case (up to 12 x 75cl) is charged at a flat rate of £25 then £10 per subsequent case.

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