Region: Okanagan Valley, VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
Peach, lime, and caramel aromas show immediately, followed by the same on the palate. The texture is dry, balanced, and full bodied, with a pleasing acidity to keep this wine fresh and refreshing. There is a flinty, struck stone character which is present from beginning on the palate through a long finish.
Nose: Peach, lime, caramel!
Mouth: Dry texture with pleasing acidity. Well balanced.
Recommended food pairings: Roasted chicken or turkey. Savoury autumn vegetables such as squash or pumpkin soup. Perfect match with Thanksgiving dinner.
Winemaker: Micheal Bartier
Growing conditions: Below Black Sage Road between Oliver and Osoyoos, this vineyard has a gentle West-facing slope. The soils are dense loam topsoil above gravel with limestone (calcium carbonate) covered granite, quartz, and basalt cobbles throughout a deep profile. Irrigation and ground water accept minerals from these rocks, and in turn, deliver these to the vines, causing a profound effect on the grapes. The Chardonnay vines were planted in the years 2000 and 2006.
Winemaking notes: Bud burst occurred evenly by April 23, 2015. Blossom was recorded at 75% complete on June 1, with no remarkable weather events to interrupt this. Fruit set was even and complete by June 15. Hardening of the canes was observed by June 30 and continued through the fall. Veraison was recorded at July 30. The grapes were harvested Aug. 30 & Sep. 18, with average Brix of 22.5, pH of 3.32, and TA of 6.4. The grapes were pressed whole cluster to settling tanks, racked, and conducted through relatively warm fermentations in a mix of tanks and barrels over 9 weeks. Ageing on the yeast lees followed for 6 months, then blending and stabilizing. Bottling took place August, 2016.
2016 - 2026
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