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Micro Cuvée Chardonnay 2019 - Gold Medal - NWAC

Gold Medal, 2021 National Wine Awards of Canada

"... Micro Cuvée is made from a handful of select barrels whose output is a meagre 125 cases. The style is reductive with a strong, slightly bitter hazelnut nose with intense lemon curd and mineral notes and a twist of brown spice in the finish. Impressive." - 93 Points, Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine

 Due to low quantities available, 6-bottle maximum per order. 


  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • Acidity 7.4 g/L
  • Aging 8-10 years
  • Appellation Okanagan Falls
  • Bottling Date September 1st, 2020
  • Country Canada
  • Harvest Date September 21 & 29, 2019
  • ph 3.54
  • Region Okanagan Valley
  • Type White
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Vintage 2019
  • 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 where it remained for most of the ferment. The must was then transferred to 100% French oak (33% new). The wine was left “sur lees” for 11 months without battonage. A natural malolactic fermentation occurred in late spring. For the Micro Cuvée we individually taste and select barrels that we feel stand out; one new French oak puncheon from the Tronçais forest and two one-year-old puncheons from Allier forest were selected. In keeping with our philosophy to maintain, as much as possible, a hands-off approach in the cellar to allow the true expression of terroir, this wine is unfined and  unfiltered filtered.  

    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. Although we are not certified organic, we practice organic/sustainable farming principles.

    Production Notes

    110 cases produced.