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Blue Mountain Chardonnaytext

Blue Mountain Chardonnay 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPouring a bright golden yellow, the 2016 hails from 27-year-old estate fruit from Okanagan Falls vines mixing five clones. It’s all whole-cluster pressed and fermented wild (30 percent in stainless steel the remainder in a mix of new-to-three-year old French oak barrels) before a 10-month rest on the lees. Only ten percent of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation keep the majority fresh offsetting the weight and toast of the wood while filling in some of the cracks from the crisp acidity. The creamy, round palate is cut with bright green apple and scented with perfumed melon and white peach. Rich and full, with a hazelnut spicing and a welcome lemon zest tightening the finish. AS touch less complex this year but ready to drink. Seafood anyone?Tasted: 27 February 2018Tasted by: Treve Ring & Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 20.90 winery direct, private wine shops AB 27.95 private wine shops ON 25.95 consignment - Rogers & Co QC 24.00 NB 26.00 MB 26.00 Producer: Blue Mountain Vineyard & CellarsDistributors: Keystone Fine Wines
Rogers & Company
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 350108UPC: 626452301160