Every so often I fall in love with a wine and it becomes everything I want to drink now and forever. For a few months now, Mission Hill Perpetua has been that wine. I love it. I clutch it to my bosom. And it's a damn good thing the bottles are hard to find or I'd go broke buying them all up. Taylorwood has some, and apparently so does Everything Wine. A bottle will run you about $33, and every drop is precious.
Oh my pretty. My love. Perpetua forever.
Perpetua and Quatrain are the little brother and sister of Mission Hill's flagship Bordeaux-blend Oculus, making a lovely bouquet of three in their Legacy series. These are all small lot, hand picked, small batch wines lovingly made.
Perpetua is a Burgundian style Chardonnay, light on the oak (25% French oak, 75% stainless steel). While I'm not adverse to oak at all, the light touch here highlights the mineral in the fruit, and nothing is overwhelmed. Everything is in perfect balance.
On the nose, Perpetua is nutty, floral and earthy. On the palate, almond and creamy hazlenut, with gentle lemon and orange blossom, and lots of mineral. The finish goes on forever. Gorgeous to sip solo, or beautiful with food: I'm thinking goat cheese pumpkin ravioli with crispy sage and brown butter.