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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Capture Chardonnay
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Capture Chardonnay 2016

Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCapture is grown at the Border Vista Vineyard on the East Osoyoos Bench at 340-350 metres above sea level. It’s the warmest site Checkmate pulls fruit from, and it sits just a few metres from the United States border. In fact, you are on surveillance camera as you approach the south end of the vineyard rows up against the fence line. It’s a single block that dates back to 1997 planted to Dijon clone 76, over fine-textured, complex, low-nutrient, sandy soils. The fermentation was all in barrel, and 80 percent is performed with native yeast. 2016 was a terrific year with more typical acids leading to full malolactic fermentation with regular battonage, and 16 months in French oak, now down to 44 percent new. Water bent barrels keep the toast factor in check, allowing the bright fruit a chance to break through early on the palate. Capture is all about texture and weight but with a light hand. The butter, apples and pears give way to spice, honey and tangerine before a lightly saline mineral finish. You can drink this now, but I suggest there to five years of cellaring for best results.Tasted: 18 October 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 90.00 winery direct, restaurants, select private wine shops BC 200.00 1500 winery direct, restaurants, select private wine shops Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 675280UPC: 776545801500