A bewitching wine with elegant stone and tropical fruit, this Chardonnay displays toasty notes of Golden delicious
apple and pineapple with a touch of spice on the nose. The palate is dry but deliciously round with hints of vanilla,
peach and citrus flavours. Beautifully balanced, the spice, fruit and slight hint of oak intermingle effortlessly.
Serve with cedar plank grilled wild BC salmon.
Primarily crafted from free run juice, this vintage was 50% fermented in stainless steel and 50% in American oak
barrels. The oak adds structure and light notes of vanilla spiciness to the wine. The oaked fermented portion
underwent malolactic fermentation to soften acids and enhance the texture. Fermentation at slightly warmer
temperatures of 16-18°C contributes lovely depth and roundness to the wine.
The 2016 growing season was one of the longest in the Okanagan, with spring commencing very quickly in the
Valley. One of our earliest starts ever, had flowering 2 weeks ahead of normal and fruit set remaining on track.
Many expected another record early harvest, however Mother Nature fortunately intervened. July and August were
cooler than normal with more precipitation than usual slowing the ripening process slightly and the rain
contributing to good vine growth. Mixed conditions in autumn saw a fantastic warm and sunny September with
only intermittent rain, affording us good weather for harvest. October brought some additional rain and frost
incidents in the south of the Valley at mid-month. We began harvest with Chardonnay for sparkling wine August
23, and brought in our last grapes November 3. It was quite an extended harvest with a 10 day break between
harvesting whites and reds. On the whole, we picked some white grapes earlier than usual, but the reds stayed on
average pick dates. Growing Degree Days in both Penticton and Langley totalled 1326 and 973 respectively, above
their 23 year average of 1216 and 863. Overall, the season provided us flavourful fruit with balanced ripeness and
nice phenolic development. An usual, but great harvest in our books!
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyards: Sundial, Oliver • Hidden Terrace, North Oliver • Township 7, Naramata
Harvest Date: August 24, September 1, 13, & 20, 2016 • Harvest Brix 22.1
pH 3.82 • TA 6.2 g/L • RS 1.5 g/L • alcohol 13%
Cases produced: 648