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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Capture Chardonnay Border Vista Vineyardtext
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Capture Chardonnay Border Vista Vineyard 2013

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe fruit for Capture is grown at the Border Vista Vineyard in Osoyoos, a single block planted in 1997 to Dijon clone 76, over fine-textured sand (and not all that far from the Mission Hill Perpetua Chardonnay block). The final blend is a 50/50 mix of two-barrel lots, fermented naturally via inoculation with selected yeast. One hundred percent goes through malolactic fermentation with battonage. McGahan describes the style as "Running on the edge. It is not a safe wine, but it encapsulates what we are trying to do." The nose is considerably richer a year down the road. While there is a leanness and freshness, the fruit is ripe and tropically aromatic, the palate is spare and lean but with a fine citrus theme and minerality and just enough orange rind to suggest it might be richer than you think. It is showing the most oak of all the releases. The finish is long and persistent. It reminds me a bit of the Perpetua style but is richer. Captured has a double meaning here; it's not just the chess. It speaks to the vineyard tucked up against the border – it can't go anywhere. The wine is aged 18 months in oak (53 percent new) but is bottled unfiltered and unfined to keep it fresh. 190 cases.Tasted: 09 April 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 90.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 675280UPC: 776545800145