This wine is a blend of our Old Main Road vineyard planted in 1996 on the Naramata Bench and our McLean Creek Road vineyard planted in 1994 in Okanagan Falls. The juice was cold settled for two days then transferred off its heavy sediment to a stainless steel vessel. A long cool fermentation of four weeks ensued and the wine was left on its fine lees for four months. The combination of vineyard sites, vine age, and production method create a well-rounded, fruit-driven Chardonnay that encompasses the region as a whole.
2012 was the best Okanagan Valley vintage I have seen since arriving back in 2008 and one of the best since starting in the industry over 15 years ago. As a viticulturist I don’t think I could have asked for a better growing season; a typical spring with average rainfall and temperatures from mid April to mid June which lessened the use of irrigation. From June to the end of August we had incredible weather with temperatures in the mid to high twenties and little rainfall, flowering in June and July went through without delay due to the ideal temperatures and low rainfall. Through the critical veraison period of mid August through to harvest the daytime temperatures were perfect for ripening in the low to mid twenties and the night time temperatures ideal in the range of 10 to 15 degrees which kept the acidity levels almost perfect. The grapes were harvested on October 17th. All the parcels of fruit that came into the winery had a perfect balance of flavours, sugar levels and acidity with no disease and next to no shriveling of the berries. ~ Chris Carson, Winemaker
Aromas of citrus and orchard fruits like peaches or nectarines. Floral and mineral notes, the palate is fresh and lively with a good balance of sweetness and acidity.
Hard cheese like cheddar, cured meats, seafood