This bold and full-bodied Chardonnay displays vanilla bean, Gala apple, pineapple and toasted oak nuances on the nose. The palate is round and fleshy with hints of Meyer lemon, vanilla and pineapple, balanced by a distinct buttery and creamy mouthfeel. Serve with Dungeness crab, Lobster or cedar plank grilled wild BC Salmon.
This Chardonnay is a combination of two clones, 76 and 96. Both clones originate in Burgundy and each adds a different element to the wine, one contributes citrus notes while the other demonstrates more tropical characteristics. This vintage was 100% fermented in French and American oak barrels of which 30% were new. The barrels were stirred frequently to increase lees contact and add roundness to the palate. Fermentation in oak ensures greater integration and structure in the wine. This wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation to soften the any harsh acids.
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 totaled 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
Harvest Brix: 25.2B average
Harvest Date: September 1
Vineyards: Sundial (Black Sage) Vineyards
Technical data: pH 3.58 TA 68 g/L RS 1.3 g/L
Cases produced: 438