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McWatters Collection Chardonnaytext
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McWatters Collection Chardonnay 2020

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI'm impressed with the evolution of this chardonnay, one that used to be an oaky butterball, but those days are gone. It is all hand sorted and whole bunch pressed from two Osoyoos vineyards. It remains barrel fermented, but only 20% of the French oak is new. The lees are stirred, and it goes through malolactic fermentation. The nose has a toasted caramel note, and the attack is similar with spice, nutty baked apple, and vanilla, with some refreshing acidity. It is leaner and finished dry and much better for it. A wine for chardonnay lovers who like a less severe style. The winery restaurant likes to pair this wine with chicken thighs in a mushroom sauce.Tasted: 21 December 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 34.99 BCLS, VQA, private wine shops Producer: Time Family of WinesDistributors: Dandurand
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 389276UPC: 626990122159