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Spearhead Chardonnay Clone 95
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Spearhead Chardonnay Clone 95 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaClone 95 is a unique bottling of a single French clone from two sites: one on the Naramata Bench as well as Spearhead's home site in southeast Kelowna. The attack is leesy, resiny and creamy with peach, pear, hazelnut, and a creamed corn finish. Set against that drier image is a vibrant red apple flecked with spice in the back end. There's a touch of bitterness in the oaky finish that can be off-putting but I like the style and expect it will all resolve over the next year. It’s whole cluster pressed, fermented and aged in French oak (40 percent new) for 11 months. Drink now with richer foods or hold into early 2020.Tasted: 02 July 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 30.00 winery direct, VQA and private wine shops Producer: Spierhead WineryDistributors: Christopher Stewart Wines and Spirits Inc.
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 178671UPC: 626990367789