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Mission Hill Perpetua Chardonnaytext

Mission Hill Perpetua Chardonnay 2015

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA second look is as good as the first. In 2015 winemaker Darryl Brooker has slipped in 25 percent mid-valley juice from the spectacular Naramata Ranch Vineyard at the cool northern edge of the Naramata Bench adding another layer to its cool, chiseled, floral, mineral style. Most the fruit comes off three individual blocks of Dijon clones inside an eastern Osoyoos vineyard estate located right at the US border. It was a warm year but Brooker seems to have been able to reign in the heat and keep Perpetua on track. The fermentation and ageing process is now a triumvirate of French oak, concrete eggs and stainless steel that lasts about 15 months and includes hand-stirring of the lees every two weeks. A very pure expression of chardonnay with subtle pear, citrus lime and oak. Drinkable now but will age through 2020.Tasted: 01 August 2017Tasted by: Prices:
BC$55.00750mlsold out at the winery
AB$54.01750mlprivate wine stores
Producer: Mission Hill Family EstateDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 394122UPC: 776545555892