Foxtrot Four Shadows Vineyard Chardonnay
Winemaker’s notes | Gustav Allander
The fruit for the 2015 Chardonnay was sourced from 20 year old Chardonnay vines grown in the Four Shadows Vineyard at the south end of the Naramata Bench. Located at the foot of Campbell Mountain, the vineyard soils consist of rocky glacial till mixed with some lacustrine deposits.
The fruit was picked on September 19, 2015. 25% of the fruit was allowed to macerate on the skins for 24 hours to add body and elevate the aromatics and was fermented separately from the whole cluster pressed fruit. Fermentation took place in 25% new and 75% used Francois Freres oak barrels, including one 500L Puncheon and inoculated and fermented using cultured and native yeasts. The wine underwent ML and was aged sur lie eleven months after which the wine was racked from barrel, cold stabilized, and underwent a light filtration before going into bottle.
This wine from the 2015 vintage with a medium to light lemon colour has aromas of stone and citrus fruit, rounded out by tropical fruit framed by light spicy notes from the barrel aging. These flavours continue on the palate with a complex minerality framed by a full round mid palate and a refreshing crisp finish. This wine can be consumed in the near term or aged for 5 to 8 years.
Acid/pH: 7.5 g/L / 3.43
Bottled: September, 2016
Residual sugar: 0.7 g/L
Released: March, 2017