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Our 2016 Chardonnay has expressive aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and lime. The light touch of oak gives this fresh wine beautiful complexity and a mouth-watering finish that is ideally paired with grilled salmon topped with garlic butter
Predominantly estate grown with smaller fractions of Chardonnay from the Okanagan and Similkameen. About 30% of the volume was fermented and aged in French Oak barrels. This year, we increased the portion that was fermented using native yeasts. Our winemaker continues to work with Montrachet yeasts as the favourite strain for our estate fruit. Some fractions underwent malolactic fermentation. After 6 months in barrel and tank, the wine was bottled in the late spring of 2017
Awards & Ratings
- 2017 All Canadian Wine Championships, Bronze
- InterVin International Wine Awards 2017, Silver Medal
- San Francisco International Wine Championships 2017, Bronze Medal
This was a featured wine in November's wine club package.
Vineyard: Fort Berens Estate Vineyard, Blind Creek Vineyard, Oliver Twist Vineyard
Cases Produced: 1,400
Appearance: Bright, clear, very light straw-coloured core, lighter rim.
Nose: Medium aromatic intensity. Lemon and lime citrus, tropical fruit notes of pineapple and passion fruit, a hint of butter, some minerality.
Palate: Medium body, medium+ acid. Lemon zest, papaya, toasty notes from oaking, a hint of baking spice.
Food Pairing: Clam chowder with a squeeze of lemon, crab cakes, fried chicken, grilled salmon, and chicken drumsticks with Dijon mustard and tarragon.
Fort Berens has been making incredible strides since planting their first vines in 2009. They now grow most of the grapes used in their award-winning wines on their Lillooet, BC estate with a small fraction purchased from the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Fort Berens crafts their wines with minimal intervention, resulting in high-quality products that are expressive of the region’s terroir.
The 2016 Chardonnay starts off zippy with a little extra kick of acidity and ample citrus and tropical fruit notes, but is duly balanced by the mellowness from 6 months in French oak. It’s drinking well now, but will increase in complexity if cellared for 2-4 more years.
- Jackie McLachlan, Wine Steward