Region: Golden Mile Bench Okanagan Valley-VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
This elegant Chardonnay offers gentle aromas of caramel, butter, hazelnut and citrus with a creamy full, mid-palate. Flavours of light toast and butter ripple abound on the palate with a subtle integration of oak. Our 2016 Chardonnay pairs well with smoked fish, scallops and corn chowder.
Winemaker: Robert Summers
Growing conditions: The 2015/16 winter was relatively mild with no extended periods of major freezing, resulting in uniform bud break. Spring was one of the driest on record; in fact, Growing Degree Days (GDDs) were the highest ever recorded in May. The warm temperatures continued through June, suggesting that harvest could commence as much as a month earlier than normal. However, temperatures changed in July; it was, in fact, the fourth coldest July on record. This cooling July trend, combined with some unseasonal rain, slowed down the ripening process resulting in beautifully complex flavours. Cool fall nights ensured great acid structure, making the 2016 vintage outstanding for both whites and reds.
Winemaking notes: Our 100% estate-grown Chardonnay is a true expression of the Golden Mile Bench terroir. This wine received an overnight cold soak in an effort to fully express the fruit’s aromas and flavours. Full malolactic fermentation and lees stirring bring subtle nuances to this wine.
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