Our 2018 Chardonnay is a blend of four micro-harvests from our single estate Chardonnay block. Over 2 weeks we conducted these harvests to capture specific attributes in the fruit. 85% was aged 6 months in French oak, 37% new. The last harvest of 15% was aged in stainless steel. 40% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation.
This process enabled us to embrace the beautiful bright acidity while building mouthfeel, complexity and aromatics. Aromas of fresh citrus and stone fruit with notes of butter, brioche and sea salt. The palate is dry with mouth-watering acidity and builds on the aromas with further favours of buttered popcorn, tropical fruit and minerality. Full on the palate with a clean, fresh finish.
|Titratable Acidity:||6.8 g/l|
|Residual Sugar:||1.5 g/l|
REVIEWS & AWARDS
91 Points - Decanter Magazine
"Charming, elegant, bracing and bright, using fruit from the coolest part of Painted Rock's vineyards by Skaha Lake.... Firm, cool-climate white peach and pear fruit, lemon curd, sweet almond blossom florals and a flinty note. The mouthfeel is generous – fleshy yet taut – with a real sense of finesse." Daniel Honan
Awards and Media for Past Vintages
2017 Chardonnay – Silver Medal, Chardonnay du Monde 2019
2016 Chardonnay – Silver Medal, Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2019
2016 Chardonnay – 95 Points John Schreiner
2016 Chardonnay – 92 Points John Szabo
37% was aged in new French oak, 40% was aged in second fill French oak barrels. The last harvest of 15% was aged in stainless steel.
It was overall a cooler vintage in 2018 with a delayed start due to cool and wet weather. The vineyard caught up by mid summer, just in time for the smoke to roll in in August and delay things with the blocked sunlight. That said, we are happy this was the only impact of the smoke on our vineyard. We intentionally left leaves on all the vines throughout the smoke risk period in case there were soot issues, but due to the fantastic air movement on our site no soot settled on the fruit. Thanks to a lovely fall with lots of sunlight and little rain, the fruit was beautifully ripened on schedule with harvest beginning in October.