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Little Engine Gold Chardonnay 2020

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI am a fan of long and cool fermentations with various yeasts. At Little Engine, the Gold Chardonnay is barrel fermented in French oak without obliterating the fruit. The wine is barrel-aged for 17 months on its lees to build a complete, creamy texture. The final blend comprises 53 percent new French oak, barriques, puncheons, and 2nd and 3rd fill barrels. This is rich chardonnay but with complexity and length, and the alcohol is nicely in check. Look for plenty of peachy with honey, lemon zest, and vanilla dusting. Attractive, long, and fun to drink, this is more of a new-wave Napa style that will have an eager following. Sourced exclusively from estate-grown clones 76, 95 and 548, the fruit was harvested at different times, in late September and early October, to cover a range of flavours in the vineyard.Tasted: 21 April 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$55.00750mlwinery online/direct
Producer: Little Engine WinesDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: ChardonnayUPC: 626990262060