Rich, round and packed with flavour but still balanced with complimentary acidity.
A vintage to celebrate, the 2014 growing season in the Okanagan Valley was fantastic. An early spring start and timely precipitation through June provided the necessities for good vine growth. July and August were very sunny and hot leading to excellent sugar development within the grapes and earlier than normal ripening. September was also warm and sunny with cool nights allowing for continued ripening. October was cooler with some precipitation that permitted extended “hang time” to ensure proper phenolic ripeness without excessive brix levels.
Fermented in 50% stainless steel and 50% French and American oak barrels (of which 18% were new) adds structure and roundness to the wine while preserving the classic Chardonnay fruit characteristics. The barrel fermented portion, underwent partial malolactic fermentation to soften the acid and provides a supple, elegant mouthfeel to the wine. Crafted with the famed Dijon Clones 96 and 76 fruit produces more flavour-concentrated grape clusters and helps contribute the sweet citrus flavours and fragrant fruit aromas — Meyer lemon, ripe tangerine, and pink grapefruit.
This vintage shows Golden Delicious apple, Bartlett pear with a touch of caramel and spice on the nose.
The palate is dry with hints of vanilla, Okanagan peach and tropical citrus flavours.
Light Golden hue on the eyes.
Complex and food friendly serve with cedar plank grilled wild salmon and fresh arugula salad, or a rich and creamy risotto.