Joey Tensley Fundamental Chardonnay 2021

Joey Tensley Fundamental Chardonnay 2021

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75cl * Vegan * 13.5% ABV * Central Coast, California, USA

Joey’s first experience with wine took place when he was just twelve-years-old and his soccer team toured a winery while taking part in a tournament in France. He says he vividly recalls the chill of the old caves and the aromas of wines fermenting in barrels and from that moment on, knew he wanted to be a winemaker.

In 2017 Tensley launched “Fundamental Wines”, named because he felt it perfectly reflected the brand’s philosophy to make fundamentally sound, straightforward wines that over-deliver for the price on every level. While Tensley and its reputation have continued to grow, Joey has stayed true to the philosophy he had from day one, to make quality wine that is well priced and always, “get out of the way and let the vineyard speak for itself.”

With one of the coolest vintages on record, this wine shows a distinct minerality on the nose. Incredibly textural and full of traditional chardonnay flavours like green apple, lemon, tropical fruits and a pinch of toasty hazelnut and buttery oak with an electric minerality on the finish. Enjoy with white fish, salmon or even heavier oily pork dishes.

"Made from 100% Santa Barbara fruit this vintage. Fundamental is Joey Tensley’s range of quality, value wines, intended to ’over-deliver at every level’. As tense as the white Rhône blend on the nose, that glorious creaminess and come-hither quality of California Chardonnay on the palate. It’s really charming and very good value. Drink 2023 - 2026." 17 points, Jancis Robinson MW, (September 2023)

"The 2021 Fundamental Chardonnay features quince, apricot, green herbs and baker’s yeast scents. The medium-bodied palate balances savoury beeswax and apple character with bright, citrusy acidity and finishes with a touch of texture that will help this pair with dishes from pasta to chicken. Drink 2022 - 2027." 92 points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Dec 2022)

“The 2021 Chardonnay is a gorgeous entry-level offering. Apricot, tangerine peel, hazelnut, spice and dried flowers open nicely in this soft, creamy Chardonnay from Joey Tensley’s Fundamental label. 2023 -2025." 89 Points, Antonio Galloni (July 2023)