Reserve Chardonnay 2016 5L
September 14th & 15th, 2015
A fully oaked Chardonnay offering, in a rich, creamy style. It is beautifully perfumed and opulent with fine, vibrant acidity and luscious fruit. An expressive and long wine to be savoured.
An unusually warm spring led to an early and vigorous growing season. Spring temperatures reached the high 20s throughout the Valley, with our Osoyoos estate vineyard recording a high of 29.8° C! Budbreak was the earliest on record, as much as six weeks early in some areas, and was followed by early flowering, about two weeks ahead of normal. This heat required diligence in the vineyards, especially with irrigation. The early start to the growing season and cooler than normal summer temperatures allowed the fruit to develop flavour complexity, moderate alcohol, balanced tannins and natural acidity. Because of the early heat, veraison came about two weeks early for us. Unlike summers past, forest ?res were not an issue for grape growers this year. In summary, early spring heat started off an excellent growing season which was slowed down by a cooler start to the summer and an extended fall season; it all adds up to an excellent 2016 vintage.
Made from 63% Osoyoos and 37% Naramata estate grown fruit. Whole clusters were pressed to preserve aromatics and rich varietal characteristics. The wine was then racked to 228L Burgundian barrels from the Billon and Saury cooperages, where they were hand made and toasted. Aged on lees for 10 months with weekly gentle stirring. The Naramata fruit underwent malolactic fermentation while the Osoyoos fruit did not, which preserves crisp fruit and subtle aromatic characteristics. Only 275 cases produced.
This wine is meant to be enjoyed upon release, drink before 2021.