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Hester Creek Chardonnay
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Hester Creek Chardonnay 2018

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA big chardonnay but with some elegance this year - honeyed and lemon with bits peaches and cream corn mark the nose. The palate is warm spicy and creamy with some fine lees notes, light toast and touch of mineral. The GMB chardonnay is estate sourced from a single-bunch-per-shoot vine to increase concentration. It's hand-harvested, cluster pressed, and the free-run juice is cold settled for five days. Post ferment the barrels were stirred weekly until it completed malolactic fermentation. Some 34% was barrel fermented in French oak (20% new and 14% older barrels), and 66% went into stainless steel aged and stirred on its fine lees for eight months. It’s a blockbuster style, but the peak is reign in this year, and the acidity is better. Try this with crab or halibut.Tasted: 25 July 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 21.99 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Hester Creek Estate WineryDistributors: Peacock and Martin Wine Merchants
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 467258UPC: 626037001096