Foxtrot Four Shadows Vineyard Chardonnay
Winemaker’s notes | Gustav Allander
The fruit for the 2014 Chardonnay was sourced from 18 year old Chardonnay
vines from the Four Shadows Vineyard at the foot of Campbell Mountain on
the south end of the Naramata Bench. The vineyard soils consist of
primarily of rocky glacial till.
The fruit was picked on September 29, 2014. All of the fruit was immediately whole cluster pressed and cold settled in tank. The juice was then transferred to 50% new and 50% used Francois Freres oak barrels and inoculated with four different 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 2014 vintage with a medium to light lemon colour has aromas of citrus, stone fruits, slight melon aromas and subtle spice. These flavours continue on the palate with a complex minerality framed by a rich mid palate with subtle spice, tropical and citrus fruits, and lengthy finish. The crisp acidity in this wine serves as a refreshing counterpoint to balance the richness and roundness of the wine. This wine can be consumed in the near term or aged for 5 to 8 years.
Acid/pH: 7.2 g/L / 3.48
Bottled: September, 2015
Residual sugar: 0.5 g/L
Released: January, 2016