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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Attack Chardonnay Barn Vineyardtext

CheckMate Artisanal Winery Attack Chardonnay Barn Vineyard 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaAttack is a blend of two sites in 2014: 57 percent The Barn Vineyard, Black Sage Bench and 43 percent of the Border Vista Vineyard, Osoyoos East Bench. The ageing took place in one brand new French oak foudre and one single, one-year-old foudre reducing the new oak in the wine by 50 percent. All of it was aged 16 months in oak. Two clones, Dijon 76 and the Dekleva selection are at the heart of the matter. Winemaker Phil McGahan says the foudres and winemaking accounted for the brightness here in the most electric Checkmate label in 2014. Stony, seashore, flinty aromas mark the nose with flecks of five spice and tropical notes. The palate is equally lively with bright citrus flavours with bits of ginger, mineral and sea salt. A fresh, inviting, impressive white wine with a big future. Next World BC chardonnay. Fresh cracked Dungeness crab and butter would be a memorable match.Tasted: 30 March 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 115.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 798280UPC: 776545800220