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Narrative Chenin Blanctext
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16¾/20

Narrative Chenin Blanc 2019

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe first Narrative Chenin, this comes from Naramata and a sandy/ loamy/ rocky vineyard spread with Lyre / Scott Henry training. This was native fermented and aged in two concrete eggs where it remained for MLF and 10 months on lees. The concrete and low handling brings a lovely fine textural component that works beautifully up against chenin's electric buzz. Opening with a kiss of flintiness, this moves into white grapefruit peel, lemon pith, green apple on a nervy and bone dry palate, slicked with a fine layer of honeysuckle lees. There's a mouthwatering, crunchy acidity that streaks this across the palate, finishing with a wash of salinity. A beauty; would love to see more chenin like this in the Valley.Tasted: 25 August 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 27.00 winery direct Producer: Okanagan Crush Pad WineryDistributors: HQ Wine + Spirits
Grape: Chenin Blanc