Region: Golden Mile Bench Okanagan Valley-VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
Deliciously elegant, our estate Chardonnay has pleasing aromas of light caramel and toasty oak, with a bright whiff of zesty lemon. The flavours continue with crisp citrus on the entry, followed by a full mid-palate of creamy butter and toasted hazelnut, underlined with a streak of minerality. Enjoy with grilled Pacific Halibut and a citrus sauce or with a soft ripened brie or camembert.
Winemaker: Robert Summers
Growing conditions: The 2017 growing season was one of marked contrasts, overall however it was an outstanding year. The season commenced with above normal precipitation, resulting in rapid, early vine growth, necessitating increased grapevine canopy management. The wet spring was followed by a classic Okanagan summer of hot, dry weather. This provided ideal growing conditions for berry development and ensured the grapes reached full phenolic ripeness. Growing Degree Days continued their above average trend totaling 1422 (GDDs), well above the average of 1054 for the Oliver area. Harvest commenced in late September for our whites. All grapes were harvested by hand with gentle care in the processing, ensuring fruit integrity.
Winemaking notes: This vintage was crafted with hand-harvested grapes from block 17 of our Golden Mile vineyard. The fruit had overnight skin contact prior to pressing, to coax the classic Chardonnay aromas and colours. A small percentage was fermented in brand new oak and blended with stainless to find that ideal balance of fruit and oak. Malolactic fermentation provides additional creaminess and texture to the mouthfeel.
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