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Chenin Blanc

Our Chenin Blanc has been served to numerous visiting Heads of State including President Obama, the future King and Queen of England, William and Kate and the Japanese Royal Family. This wine has garnered a dedicated and loyal local following, being crisp and refreshing with a slightly more rounded profile than previous vintages. It’s a perfect wine to start off any lunch or dinner event and is recognized as one of BC’s best when served with a platter of fresh shellfish.

Tasting & Pairing

This year’s Chenin Blanc is full of intense bright citrus fruit notes and a stony mineral character which gives the wine additional complexity. This delightful medium bodied wine is made with just a kiss of oak to give structure, balance and significant mouthfeel. We suggest pairing with fresh seafood such as oysters on the half shell, wild BC Spot Prawns, mussels and ceviche. For cheese lovers try pairing it with a local goats cheese or a Caprese salad.

Winemaking

This year’s blend of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from both Quails’ Gate Estate and Osoyoos vineyards. The grapes were whole bunch pressed followed by cold fermentation, 85% in stainless steel tanks and 15% in 2 year old French oak barrels, and for the first time two 500 liter puncheons. The barrel portion of the blend provides a lush quality to the palate alongside complex aromas. To truly appreciate the development and complexity of the character of this wine try cellaring our Chenin Blanc for up to 5 or 7 years.

Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 13.5 %
Total acidity: 6.2 g/l
Residual sweetness: 2 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 391854
UPC code: 778856115031
Date bottled: March 2016
Case volume: 4690