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Chardonnay Clone 95, 2019
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Premium Chardonnay made from prized blocks of low yielding clone 95, a superior clone originating from the Côte d’Or, France. You will find a pronounced nose with pineapple, white grapefruit, and baked apple. More citrus to follow on the palate accompanied by flavors of honeycomb, hazelnut, and biscotti. The finish is long with a rich buttery mouthfeel.
Source: Clone 95 from Duncan Vineyard on the Naramata Bench.
Winemaking: The grapes are hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, then fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 10 months, using a combination of standard barrels and puncheons. 25% goes into new oak & partial malolactic fermentation occurs.
Residual Sugar: 1.6 g/L
The 2018 vintage was a featured wine in April's Wine Club package, 2021.
Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.
Geographical Indication: BC VQA Okanagan Valley
Vineyard: Duncan Vineyard, Naramata Bench & Gentleman Farmer Vineyard, SE Kelowna
Residual Sugar: 2.6 g/L
Cases Produced: 576
Appearance: Medium straw colour.
Nose: Lightly toasty, minerally, apple bouquet.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, spicy (clove), slightly smoky, yellow apple flavour with well-integrated toasty oak. Beautifully balanced and lingering. Fine mouth-feel.
Quality: Outstanding. 91 points. Drink now or hold 1 – 2 years.
Food Pairing: Lentil and rice stuffing, smoked oysters on crackers, lobster pasta with tarragon cream sauce, almond-crusted baked chicken tenders, and halibut with blood orange butter sauce.