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Church & State Chardonnay

Church & State Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Chardonnay
Region
Okanagan Valley
Alcohol %
12.7
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Chardonnay
Region
Okanagan Valley
Alcohol %
12.7
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Lightly golden in colour. On the nose, the wine displays a complex mixture of fresh stone fruit, honeydew melon, and vibrant citrus, all held in check with notes of crushed sea shell and delicate lashings of vanilla and toffee. Moving on to the palate, we find more of the lovely stone fruit, gripping minerality, and seamlessly integrated French oak. This is an elegant and beautifully balanced wine that confidently combines the complexity of Burgundy and the flair of the new world. Drink now through 2015.
Winemaker Notes
2010 was quite a cool growing season, and the chardonnay grapes were held on the vine until the end of October to fully ripen and develop the complex flavours that we seek in our chardonnays. This wine is a blend of 5 chardonnay clones, each contributing a different layer of complexity.The grapes from each clone were picked and vinified separately. The grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted, and whole-cluster pressed. Fermentation was started in tanks and then the fermenting wines were transferred into a mixture of French Oak barrels (33.3% new) for the completion of fermentation. The wines underwent a partial malolactic fermentation and remained in barrel for 11 months until September 2011, when they were removed, blended, and bottled.
Food Pairing Notes
Rich dishes with butter or cream sauces.
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