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Quails' Gate Chardonnay Rosemary's Block

Quails' Gate Chardonnay Rosemary's Block 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaIn 2017, Rosemary's Block is one of three, top-of-the-pyramid chardonnays released at Quails' Gate, named for the Stewart family's mother, Rosemary - a worthy tribute. Graceful and refined, with fine lemon and long lines streaming the length of the medium+ bodied palate. From two upper blocks on their estate's volcanic soiled Boucherie Bench. Clones 809 and 76 were whole cluster pressed and fermented in new and old French oak barrels for 11 months, with full MLF, and regular battonage. The lemony, green apple, orchard pear, white blossom, lees-lined wine easily matches the work, marrying seamlessly with the downy lees and fine spicing afforded by the oak. The finish lingers with a shimmering lemon pith. Still in youth, drinking lovely, with some years ahead.Tasted: 22 March 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 44.99 winery direct, wine club members Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate WineryDistributors: Appellation Wine Marketing
Hobbs & Co. Wine Merchants Inc.
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 655209UPC: 778856417012