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Chic Fille Pinot Blanc
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Chic Fille Pinot Blanc 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaChic Fille is JoieFarm owner winemaker Heidi Noble's natural wine project, changing yearly according to vintage and fruit quality. A rosé was the first label out while the number two Chic Fille, or "cool girl," is a pinot blanc. This natural wine was a two barrel experiment. Half the grapes were destemmed and the whole berries were semi-carbonic fermented, foot tread in stainless steel prior to racking into neutral barrel. The other half was free run into neutral barrel for native ferment before aging in that barrel. The barrels were left to age over the winter with light monthly bâttonage before being blended in a stainless-steel tank in June 2018 and bottled in July, unfiltered, unfined with a minimal sulphur addition at bottling. The nose and palate are an insipid, citrus affair with very little fruit character. The textures are richer with mineral salty notes and a touch of tannin, but it's not hitting on all cylinders. If you are a hardcore natural wine fan try this with fresh shuck oysters, or maybe wait for next year.Tasted: 31 October 2018Tasted by: Anthony Gismondi and Treve RingPrices: BC 34.90 winery direct Producer: JoieFarmDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: Pinot BlancCSPC: 80484