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Project B Sauvignon Blanc
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Project B Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaProject B. is a David and Goliath collaboration involving wine grower Michael Bartier, co-owner of Bartier Bros., a south Okanagan boutique estate, and acclaimed English négociant / winemaking force, Boutinot Wines. Project ‘B’ is Boutinot’s first reach into Canada, The Name: ‘B’ surfaced as a constant in this partnership; a Boutinot – Bartier team, the first harvest from Plot B, and as a special nod to the Boutinot Rhone symbol of quality, the worker bee. Bartier and Monnin set out to create a wine that was Boutinot France in style while honouring the land, viticulture, climate and vineyard sites of the Okanagan Valley. I’m delighted to say the first release is a delicious, highly-affordable ($20-$25), humble, Sauvignon Blanc. It was sourced from a premium, single-vineyard in Oliver and is blended with some four percent barrel-aged Semillon from the same site. The fruit is picked twice, ten days apart, to catch both the fresh version and the ripe version of this grape. It’s not exotic or showy, but as is the Boutinot wont it is suitably restrained with the emphasis on minerality supporting a delicate pear peach flavour profile. Perfect for the subtle flavours of spot prawns.Tasted: 11 June 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 25.99 winery online/direct, select private retailers Producer: Bartier Bros.Distributors: Winery Direct
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Blend: Sauvignon Blanc - SémillonUPC: 6280551475722