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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 west-tilting and warm. The 45/55 clone selection is Dijon 76, and the Dekleva selection 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. 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