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Legacy Collection Perpetua

Perpetua

Okanagan Valley

Cellar Door Price $50.00

Chardonnay 100.0%
Alcohol 13.0%
PH 3.32
Acidity Tartaric 6.2

Growing Conditions

On reflection, the 2011 vintage fitted a mold of “late to start and late to finish’, but with excellent potential. It began with a cooler Spring and a dramatically delayed bud burst. Late spring rains followed by warm weather facilitated aggressive vine growth and dense canopies with the potential to trap moisture and prevent sunlight penetration. Our vineyard crews took a proactive approach by hedging wines and removing selected leaves and laterals at the base of the grapevine shoots; all in the pursuit of quality. The cumulative growing degrees in August and September were the highest ever recorded and occurred without the customary heat spikes. Ripening was continuous in our Osoyoos Vineyard Estate as we harvested on September 29th and then again in the early hours of October 13th making this the latest Perpetua harvest on record. In a cool and reluctant season like 2011, canopy management and patience was important making this a challenging but ultimately rewarding farming year producing wine with wonderful flavours, low sugars and a great balancing acidity.

Winemaking

Clones: Three chardonnay clones; Clone 76 (Dijon) | Clone 809 (Loire) | Clone 96 (Dijon)

After crushing and skin contact, the free run juice is set aside and allowed to cold-settle for several hours. A component of the free run juice is barrel fermented in new French oak.

Aging

Following the primary fermentation, the wine is left on its fine lees for eight months while being hand-stirred every two weeks.

Harvest

Dates: 29 September & 13 October 2011

Bottling

Date: 10 September 2012

Palate

The 2011 Perpetua offers gorgeous mouthfeel, with a creamy frame to the wine’s bright, minerally inner core. It fills the palate with a range of honeysuckle, mandarin, creamed peach and lemon curd flavours that slide seamlessly through the lengthy finish. A clean, pure reflection of our best Chardonnay vineyard farmed on the east side of the Osoyoos Lake Bench.


A Selection of Other Chardonnay's from Okanagan Valley


A Selection of Other Chardonnay's from Canada