Foxtrot Chardonnay 2018 USA
Winemaker’s notes | Gustav Allander
The fruit for the 2018 Foxtrot Chardonnay was sourced from the Southern Okanagan Valley. Higher than average snowfall levels over winter contributed to high soil moisture content, encouraging greater than average vigour and disease pressure through most of the growing season. A cool spring resulted in a slightly delayed budbreak, but by flowering, growth had caught up to average timing for the valley. Warm and dry weather encouraged good fruit set with a potential for high yield. Several weeks of smoke from distant wildfires in the region caused extensive sunlight blocking. This reduced photosynthesis and slowed down the onset of veraison. Though delaying harvest slightly, the smoke cover also helped to mitigate extreme high temperatures, allowing for greater fruit development and larger yields. Strong diurnal temperatures around harvest encouraged the retention of acidity in the fruit, lending to balanced wines. Overall, 2018 was a cooler year than average, with good yields and healthy fruit of excellent quality.
The fruit was harvested in early October. It was pressed and transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation. After undergoing full malolactic fermentation, it was aged sur-lie for 11 months in 30% new and 70% used French oak, followed by 6 months in stainless-steel before bottling. This wine was fined and filtered for stability.
The 2018 Chardonnay has a light lemon colour. On the nose, aromas of apricot and citrus, with white floral overtones compliment a mineral backbone, rounded out by a touch of honey and toasty oak notes from barrel ageing. On the palate, it is well balanced with bright acidity, expressive minerality, medium body and a soft buttery finish. This wine can be enjoyed now or aged up to 3 years.
Acid/pH: 5.4 g/L / 3.67
Bottled: March, 2020
Residual sugar: 2.5 g/L