Foxtrot Vineyard Chardonnay
Winemaker’s notes | Gustav Allander
The fruit for the 2016 Chardonnay was sourced from 20 year old Chardonnay vines grown on a vineyard on the lower slopes of Campbell Mountain at the south end of the Naramata Bench. The vineyard soils consist of rocky glacial till mixed with some lacustrine deposits.
The fruit was picked on September 15, 2016. 25% of the fruit was allowed to macerate on the skins for 12 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 2016 vintage with medium to light lemon colour has aromas of citrus and stone fruit typical of the Naramata terroir. The 25% skin contact adds some tropical fruit aromas complemented 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: 7.1 g/L / 3.47
Bottled: May, 2018
Residual sugar: 0.7 g/L
Released: June, 2018