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Little Farm Winery Pied de Cuve Chardonnay 2016

Cawston, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom the same site and fruit as Little Farm's straight chardonnay, though the Pied de Cuve line shows the wines through a natural lens. Clones 76, 95, and 548 were planted in 2009 on Cawston's calcium carbonate laced soils. This was organically farmed, whole bunch pressed, and native fermented (with the foot-tred pied de cuve vineyard starter) in neutral French oak, where it was left to rest on lees for 10 months before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered, with minimal sulphur throughout. Showing some age now, with a deeper yellow hue revealing roasted hazelnuts, lemon zest, flake salts, meadow herbs and hay, on a concentrated, yet relaxed-by-time palate. Those powerful soils show themselves in the ever-present mineral buzz that extends long on the finish. Really impressive, and very distinctly stony, wind-swept Similkameen.Tasted: 14 January 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 35.00 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Little Farm WineryDistributors: Appellation Wine Marketing
Grape: Chardonnay