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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Queen Taken Chardonnaytext
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Queen Taken Chardonnay 2014

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Queen Taken Chardonnay comes off the Dekleva Vineyard, perhaps the coolest of all the chardonnay sites. It sits between 362 to 377 metres above sea level, inside the Golden Mile Bench sub-GI just southwest of the town of Oliver beneath Mt. Kobau and the Thompson Plateau. The vineyard is now over 40-years-old and is planted to a chardonnay clone that is of unknown origin. The folks at Checkmate are calling it the Dekleva Selection after the original family who planted it. The soils that help to define the Golden Mile Bench DVA are a predominantly gravelly and coarse mix of Stemwinder, Ponderosa and Ratnip. The trick in warm 2014 was to balance off the ripe fruit with acidity. The nose has essences of citrus peel and white peach combined with tropical, floral notes, as well as that mineral wet stone character. The palate has generous fruit flavours, layered mid-palate richness and focused acidity (longer hangtime here) providing a long textured finish. The fruit was hand-picked at night, and in this case fermented 88 percent wild. The final wine was aged 16 months in French oak barrels of which 49 percent were new. Production was limited to seven barrels.Tasted: 30 March 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 125.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 514984UPC: 776545800558