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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Capture Chardonnay
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16¾/20

CheckMate Artisanal Winery Capture Chardonnay 2015

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe fruit for Capture is grown at the Border Vista Vineyard on the East Osoyoos Bench at 340-350 metres above sea level. It’s a single block planted in 1997 to Dijon clone 76, over fine-textured, complex, low-nutrient sandy soils. The fermentation was all in barrel and 64 percent was native. Despite a warm site and a super warm year, the entire wine goes through malolactic fermentation before spending 16 months in French oak of which 54 percent is new. Again, I’m reminded of the Mission Hill Perpetua, albeit with more concentration. Winemaker Phil McGahan says the attractive aromatics that jump from the glass are partially due to the native ferment. He also is using more water bent barrels to keep the toast factor in check and let the fruit speak. The '15 is surprisingly and pleasantly less rich in the mouth. The pick was the earliest ever, in August, preserving acidity and freshness. Expect enticing orchard blossoms on the nose with creamy textures, apples, tangerines and pears. The wine is just beginning to awaken but I like the finesse and length already. As for Capture, that’s a term to avoid in chess, or also to describe the vineyard site tucked up against the border with no where to go. Drink through 2022.Tasted: 19 December 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 90.00 winery club members BC 200.00 1500 winery direct Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 675280UPC: 776545801050