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CheckMate Artisanal Winery Little Pawn Chardonnay Barn Vineyardtext

CheckMate Artisanal Winery Little Pawn Chardonnay Barn Vineyard 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaLittle Pawn comes off Jagged Rock Vineyards planted 20 years ago on a west-facing plateau at the top of the Black Sage Bench that runs into Okanagan Highlands foothills. Its exposition is west-tilting and warm. The 45/55 clone selection is Dijon 76, and the Dekleva selection is from the home estate. The soil is porous fine-grained sands with little ability to retain moisture. Hence, the bunches are always small, and the flavours intense. The nose is a mix of sagebrush and fennel. The textures are creamy with a floral leesy, citrus and orange flavours with a spicy finish — a rare combination of elegance with power. It is the first time this wine has been 100 percent wild fermented in eight barrels (46 new French oak - all Burgundy coopers).Tasted: 06 December 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 110.00 Producer: CheckMate Artisanal WineryDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 81588UPC: 776545801913