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  • British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Bronze Medal

Chardonnay, 2018

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2018 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 13.8% ALC/VOL

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Critic's Rating91 pts


Our Chardonnay is partially oaked, 50% is aged in French oak barrels for 3 months and 50% is in stainless steel tanks. The limited exposure to oak provides balance and structure without detracting from the fruit and terroir. If you have not enjoyed Chardonnay in the past, we encourage you to try this one; it will change your mind! On the nose, it displays apricot, butterscotch, crème brûlée, meyer lemon, and tropical fruit. On the palate are notes of lemon, caramel, grapefruit, persimmon, and honeysuckle.

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Critic’s Rating:

91 pts

- Tony Aspler


  • British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Bronze Medal British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards 2020, Bronze Medal


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Tasting Notes

This was a featured wine in May's Wine Club package, 2020.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: BC VQA Naramata Bench
Vineyard: Various Naramata Bench vineyards
Residual Sugar: 1.9 g/L
Cases Produced: 780


Appearance: Light straw colour.
Nose: Toasty, spicy, baked apple nose with a clove-y note.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, apple flavour with cinnamon oak spice; harmonious, with well-integrated oak and laser-like acidity and a cashew nut finish.
Quality: Outstanding. 91 points. Delicious wine. Drink now or hold 1-2 years.


Food Pairing: Crab with cannellini bean salad and a citrus vinaigrette, braised leeks with Hawaiian red snapper, grilled corn on the cob, bruschetta with sautéed greens, pork tenderloin with baked apples, and broiled garlic clams.

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