Foxtrot Vineyard Chardonnay
Winemaker’s notes | Gustav Allander
The fruit for the 2017 Chardonnay was sourced from 30+ year old Chardonnay vines grown in the Stumpy Vineyard overlooking the Okanagan River in Oliver. Located on old riverbank, the vineyard soils consist of rocky glacial till mixed with some lacustrine deposits with round riverbed rocks throughout. A small lake on the western edge of the vineyard helps to moderate the temperature in the vineyard.
The fruit was picked on September 28, 2017. 15% 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 using native yeasts in 30% new and 70% used Francois Freres oak barrels. 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 2017 vintage has a medium to light lemon colour with aromas of stone and tropical fruit framed by light spicy notes from the barrel aging. On the palate the wine has flavours of green apple, and tropical notes framed by light toastiness and creamy mid palate. This is all rounded out by a refreshing crisp citrus finish and beautiful acidity. This wine can be consumed in the near term or aged for 3 to 5 years.
Acid/pH: 5.9 g/L / 3.46
Bottled: October, 2018
Residual sugar: 1.5 g/L
Released: February, 2019