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Kitsch Chardonnay
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16¼/20

Kitsch Chardonnay 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaKitsch came out of the gate strong four vintages ago with their laser rieslings, as well as their packaging progress (SAXX underwear are a past enterprise of 4th gen Kelownans Ria and Trent Kitsch). A smart hire of somm Grant Biggs as winemaker has solidified the winery as one to watch. This is estate chardonnay, clone 95, planted in 2013 on silty loam over sand. After whole cluster pressing and fermentation in stainless, this spent eight months in neutral French oak. Gently creamy and ripe, with Anjou pear, yellow apple, white peaches and apricot kisses. Though softer in form, this is not dumbed down; the elbows acidity keeps it in the easy, moreish drinkability range. This is a well-made chardy suitable for a smart crowd. Bonus : $1 from each bottle will benefit Mamas for Mamas.Tasted: 23 December 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 26.00 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Kitsch WinesDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: ChardonnayUPC: 626990330097