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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Queen Taken Chardonnay
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Queen Taken Chardonnay 2015

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Queen Taken Chardonnay comes off the Dekleva Vineyard, perhaps the coolest of all the Checkmate chardonnay sites, and lies just west of the estate Combret Vineyard. The nose is aromatic and savoury with rich peachy, creamy flavours and a silky, wet stone mineral back end. Lots of finesse here with some surprisingly piquant notes, ripe melons and even a touch of rosewater to round out the palate. Should be fun to watch this age through 2020 and develop in the bottle. Note: a first release collectors’ item. Dekleva Vineyard sits between 362 to 377 metres above sea level, inside the Golden Mile Bench sub-GI southwest of the town of Oliver, and beneath Mt. Kobau and the Thompson Plateau. The vineyard is over 40 years old and is planted to a chardonnay clone of unknown origin now being called 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, and they permeate the wine with a special Okanagan essence.Tasted: 05 November 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 125.00 winery club members Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 514984UPC: 776545800183