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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Fool's Mate Chardonnaytext
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Fool's Mate Chardonnay 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFool's Mate was a blend of sites in 2013, and it remained so in 2014. The year two mix is made up of The Barn Vineyard, Black Sage (51), Sunset Vineyard, Black Sage (19), Border Vista Vineyard, Osoyoos East Bench (7), Dekleva Vineyard, Golden Mile Bench (15) and Combret Vineyard, Golden Mile Bench (8). It's not just the different lots and single-vineyard sites, but it is also a rare mix of different mesoclimates and expositions facing north, east, west and south. Two-thirds of the blend is wild fermented, while the ageing process runs 16 months in an 85/15 mix of French oak barrels (42 percent new) and concrete eggs. The clonal mix is diverse, blending Dijon 76, Dijon 95, Dekleva selection and the Combret selection. We think it's the most complex of the early releases. Winemaker Phil McGahan suggests you lose some of the site's specificity in any blend, but you can get a more authentic expression of the south Okanagan. We love the complexity here and the aromatic, peachy, melon fruit flavours with a slice of toasted oak and lees. Best of all is the salty acidity giving the entire wine structure and grace and classic south Okanagan sagebrush: power and elegance. Production totalled 32 barrels and two concrete eggs.Tasted: 30 March 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 80.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 628917UPC: 776545800244