|Drinking Start Year||2014|
|Drinking End Year||2018|
Golden in colour, the wine starts off with notes of lemon zest, golden delicious apple, nashi pear, honeycomb, vanilla bean custard, and a slate-like minerality. On the palate, the above-mentioned flavours continue to the very back of the throat, lingering for up to a minute after swallowing. The intense flavours are framed in a full, rich, yet refined texture held together with vibrant acidity. It is a classic expression of Okanagan Chardonnay, which confidently straddles old world complexity and new world texture and personality.
The 2012 growing season was a tale with two parts. Up until the second half of July, the weather was very cool and extremely wet. The spring was one of the wettest in 100 years. From the middle of July until harvest, the weather turned very warm and dry, virtually perfect weather for ripening grapes. As long as crop loads were held in check, all grapes were able to ripen perfectly with intense flavours.
The grapes for this wine were picked from the Coyote Bowl vineyard within the Okanagan Valley in late October 2012. The fruit was hand picked, hand sorted, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented slowly at cooler temperatures to ensure maximum retention of delicate aromatics. When the fermentation was about 80% complete, the wine was transferred to a mixture of French oak barrels and allowed to warm up and complete fermentation. The lees were stirred regularly for 10 months to build body and texture in the wine. The blend was bottled in early October, 2013. 1100 cases produced.