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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Knight's Challenge Chardonnay
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Knight's Challenge Chardonnay 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIt’s only year two for Knight’s Challenge, coming off Sunset Vineyard where elevation changes and east/west row orientations gives winemaker Phil McGahan several options at the end of the growing season. Sunset sits south of the old Barn Vineyard (now Jagged Rock) on the Black Sage Bench, and is planted to 24-year-old Dijon chardonnay clones, 76 and 95. McGahan uses clone 76 for structure and organization and clone 95 to up the richness, something this version has in spades. With two distinct blocks they can be picked at separate times to preserve acidity and freshness, or to build rich, mouthfilling chardonnay. The wine is 50 percent wild ferment but all aged, 16 months, in French oak that is 45 percent new. This is more classic new world chardonnay, California-like this year, with rich, buttery, ripe fruit but with classy, well-integrated, stylish oak and a strong Okanagan savoury mineral streak. If you like the richer, upfront style of chardonnay this is for you. Lobster anyone?Tasted: 05 November 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 85.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Varietal: ChardonnayUPC: 776545800718