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Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards Big Leap Chardonnay 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada2017 is 100 percent estate-grown, and it comes off a single block. It goes through a wild yeast ferment in French Oak before spending a further ten months in French oak, of which 25 percent is new. A small percentage of that was put through natural malolactic fermentation to add those creamy textures evident on the palate. Look for stone fruit and lemon kissed wet stones with a dry, tangy back end. Flinty is a good descriptor, with just a bit of creamy pear and white cherry in the finish. The winery suggests you pair it with crab cakes and fennel salad, soft cheeses, and herb-crusted halibut with pea puree. I simply request an invitation.Tasted: 18 July 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 24.50 private wine shops Producer: Fitzpatrick Family VineyardsDistributors: Vintage West Wine Marketing
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Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 999235UPC: 626990252887