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Painted Rock Chardonnay
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16¼/20

Painted Rock Chardonnay 2019

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaOne of the coolest years in the Okanagan makes it a lightning rod for chardonnay, and this 2019 is an amazing example of the diversity you encounter around the valley. The latest chardonnay to be planted on the Skaha Bench site is clone 95, and it was harvested at four different times across two weeks to capture an array of flavours. 80 percent is aged six months in 44 percent new French oak; the remainder was in stainless steel. Only 29 percent of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine is acutely fresh with strong grapefruit aromas flecked with peach and mandarin notes, and a tiny touch of caramel. The style is dry and mouthwatering with light creamy textures before the refreshing finish. Lean and tight, this could use another six months in bottle to come together.Tasted: 14 June 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 39.99 select private retailers Producer: Painted Rock Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 130997UPC: 00626990105862