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Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay

Our flagship white wine at Quails’ Gate. The Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay is renowned not just locally but also internationally for its quality and consistency. It is made in very limited quantities and is very New World in style. Expect a rich, intense and buttery style of wine.

Tasting & Pairing

There are intense aromas of ripe orchard fruit, butterscotch, spice and toasty oak on the nose. The palate is very complex with flavours of baked apple, pear and peach complimented with spice, vanilla and brioche. The mouth feel is opulent, creamy and full bodied. We suggest pairing with seafood such as lobster and crab. Fresh BC halibut and creamy pasta dishes are also recommended as are soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.

Winemaking

The majority of this blend is crafted from French Chardonnay clone 95, planted in 1996 alongside other clones in our Estate vineyards on Mount Boucherie Bench. Harvested in late September the juice was settled in stainless steel overnight then run directly to barrel where, over a 4 month period, both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was left to age on yeast lees for another 6 months before racking and blending. Our Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay is a very cellar worthy wine with ageing potential of 5 to 7 years.

Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 13.5%
Total acidity: 6.5 g/l
Residual sweetness: 1.9 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 639641
UPC code: 778856214017
Date bottled: August 2015
Case volume: 2200 (6/case)