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McLean Creek Rd Chardonnay 2018 - 1.5L

$77.00
Silver Medal - Chardonnay-du-Monde
92 points - Anthony Gismondi
92 points - Wine Align's Guide to Canada's Best in 2020

From our family owned vineyard McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls, originally planted in 1994.

The ferment is a mix of native and cultured yeasts that wraps up in 22% new French oak. After 11 months on lees without bâtonnage (stirring), it is bottled unfined and unfiltered, having gone through a full malolactic fermentation.

Specifications

  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • Acidity 7.1 g/L
  • Appellation Okanagan Falls
  • ph 3.52
  • Region Okanagan Valley
  • Type White
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Vineyard McLean Creek Road Vineyard
  • Vintage 2018
  • Winemaker Chris Carson
  • Notes

    Winemaker Notes

    At the winery the fruit was fed directly into the press with an ensuing long gentle pressing employed. Only the finest, purest juice from the early stages of the pressing was used for this wine with the more astringent so called “hard press” kept separate. A long cool fermentation began in stainless steel vessels, employing indigenous and cultured yeast where it remained for most of the ferment. The must was then transferred to 100% French oak (22% new) to complete fermentation. The wine was left “sur lees” for 11 months without battonage. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring. In keeping with our philosophy to maintain as much as possible a hands-off approach in the cellar to allow the true expression of the terroir this wine is unfined and unfiltered.

    Vineyard Notes

    Originally planted in 1994, our family owned “McLean Creek Road Vineyard” is located in Okanagan Falls, BC. The vineyard has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravel and sandy loams. The Chardonnay is planted in two separate blocks, one on the far east side of the south facing slope and the other on the west end of the slope. The variation of east and west leads to differences in flavour development and in turn more complexity in the finished wine. We operate both of our vineyards using organic/sustainable farming practices.