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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Knight's Challenge Chardonnaytext
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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Knight's Challenge Chardonnay 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe fourth edition of Knight's Challenge, which comes from Sunset Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, continues to follow the dictum of site dominating the clones. Elevation changes and east/west row orientations affect the wine's disposition more than its Dijon clones (76 and 95) and the 26-year-old vines. The two distinct blocks that go into this wine allow for separate pick dates to maintain its balance of power and acidity. In 2017 some 67 percent of the wine was naturally occurring, and post ferment, it spends 16 months in French oak (44 percent new). Knight's Challenge is very much an Okanagan chardonnay with herbal, green tea. desert scrub and sagebrush aromas and flavours that run through its round, mineral, spicy base. It is a softer, rounder, easier-drinking version of Checkmate. Drink or hold, it is your choice.Tasted: 06 December 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 85.00 Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayUPC: 776545802156