Micro Cuvée Chardonnay 2015



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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. Our philosophy is to manage each block separately by hand using organic principles and practice precision viticulture which treats each vine individually.

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 the majority of the ferment. The must was then transferred to 100% French oak The wine was left “sur lees” for 11 months without battonage. A natural malo-lactic fermentation occurred in late spring. The Micro Cuvée is only produced in the vintages we believe to be worthy. We individually taste and select barrels that we feel stand out; one new French oak puncheon from the Troncais forest and one one-year old puncheon from the Allier forest were selected.

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