Our 2013 Reserve Chardonnay was sourced from three of our estate vineyards – Oliver, Osoyoos, and Naramata Ranch. The Oliver Vineyard estate includes the blocks of vines that our original award-winning Chardonnay was sourced from 20 years ago providing an excellent foundation and key characteristics of our unique wine style. Osoyoos is comprised of arid benchlands that benefit from the Osoyoos Lake effect giving the area more than 200 frost-free days and the Naramata Ranch estate is a stunning beauty that also benefits from the lake’s moderating influence.
Vintage 2013 was a season of change – early to start, late to finish, and with exceptional flavour potential. A warmer than normal spring brought early budbreak followed by an extremely rainy June that slowed vine growth. Balance was restored with above average temperatures in July and August allowing grapes to mature along a normal ripening curve. The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. In September, heavy rainfall caused significant delays in the grape harvest resulting in our longest picking season ever. Overall, fruit quality was superb for both red and white varietals and the wines are showing excellent balance and character.
Our Reserve Chardonnay highlights the myriad of flavours from our estate vineyards and the breadth that more that three decades of farming here has taught us. Flavours of ripe pineapple, yellow peach, coconut, orange, jasmine, and hazelnut combine in perfect harmony with crisp acidity and roundness.
|13.5% Alc. | R.S. 4.1 g/l | T.A. 6.0 g/l | pH 3.25|
|Oaked:||Aged 10 months in American oak (25% new)|
|Harvest:||September and October 2013|
|Vineyards:||Oliver (60%), Osoyoos (30%) & Naramata Ranch (10%)|