Anyone can learn about wine from a book. Not everyone is lucky enough to live close to a wine region that grows many different grapes from around the wine world, and does so many of them so well. BC's diversity is its strength, so this series will help you learn about wine the best way we know how: by tasting.
It was cool for awhile to publicly decry Chardonnay, "Anything But Chardonnay", but all the real wine lovers know that Chardonnay is one of the most versatile wine grapes.
From crisp & fresh young sparkling and still wines to rich and long-lived still or traditional method sparkling, BC wine growers love Chardonnay too. This pack can be used as a way to compare and contrast the effects of aging vessel (oak? stainless? concrete eggs?) and aging time on the Chardonnay grape as grown in BC. So throw yourself a Chardy Party, and get to know what BC does with one of the world's most widely planted white grapes.
Haywire Wines 2018 Secrest Mountain Chardonnay
This Chardonnay from Secrest Mountain vineyard in Oliver delivers a clean fruit driven style backed by a creamy, textured mouthfeel framed with mouth watering acidity. The wine was whole bunch pressed into two egg-shaped concrete tanks for a long, slow native ferment followed by malolactic fermentation. It was left on gross lees to build texture and richness for ten months before bottling unfiltered.
Blasted Church Winery 2019 Unorthodox Chardonnay
This is Chardonnay Musque, an aromatic clone of Chardonnay produced exclusively in BC by Blasted Church in Okanagan Falls. This was produced from two blocks, picked at different times to capture different aspects of fruit and flavours. The resulting wine has orange blossom, Meyer lemon and stone fruit on the nose with a tropical fruit laden palate, kept fresh by vibrant acidity.
Liber Winery 2019 Chardonnay
Estate grown in the Similkameen Valley, this organic Chardonnay is unoaked with flavours of Anjou pear, tropical notes and a hint of butter. A Chardonnay for any day, or is that Every Day?
Kettle Valley 2018 Chardonnay
A mixture of grapes from the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys, this Chardonnay was partially fermented in older french oak (for texture). Ripe apricots and peach with a long, smooth finish.
Bailie-Grohmann 2017 Chardonnay
The Chardonnay is grown on the slopes of the home block in the Creston Valley, ideally located to receive maximum sun exposure. The south-west facing slope allow free drainage and frost management for these vines.
The hand harvested fruit was whole bunch pressed and the primary ferment in 500L French barrel puncheons. Complete malolactic fermentation followed by the wine being racked off solids before with a further 11 months maturation in French oak.
Lifted aromas of citrus and melon. The palate exhibits fine integrated toasty oak. A supple palate with real depth of flavour of toffee, almond and biscuit.
Fairview Cellars 2013 Chardonnay
This wine began life as a big, rich, tropical, buttery Chardonnay grown in Oliver with a refreshing acidity, and seven years later it has knit into a gloriously well-balanced wine, with yellow apple, tropical, hazelnut and vanilla notes. A great example of why it is worthwhile to age some wines.