Rosemary’s Block Chardonnay

  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

Wine Style

Our family has farmed in the Okanagan Valley since 1908. We believe great wines begin in the vineyards and we are deeply passionate about the quality of our wines. The Anniversary Series is a selection of wines grown on specific family vineyard sites. Each wine is crafted to the highest standards in limited quantities which are only available at the estate. Our Chardonnay is dedicated to our mother Rosemary and her significant contribution to our family’s establishment of Quails’ Gate winery.


Tasting & Pairing

The 2014 Rosemary’s Block Chardonnay is all about style, finesse and elegance. The wine has aromas of white flowers, Meyer lemon, hazelnut, subtle oak and mineral notes. The palate is complex with notes of stonefruits, shortbread and hints of vanilla all beautifully balanced with a bright, crisp citrus finish. This wine is very Burgundian in style and was well received by world renowned wine critic Steven Spurrier when he visited the Okanagan in the Fall of 2015. We recommend pairing with seafood, grilled fish, white meat dishes and many French cheeses.


Winemaking

Our third vintage of Rosemary’s Block was hand-harvested, from our highest quality site on Boucherie Road, whole-cluster pressed, and fermented in new and old French oak barrels for 11 months. During this time the wine was left to age on its own lees with regular battonage before racking and blending. The finished wine is elegant and refined not too unlike its namesake. This wine can be enjoyed now but because of its structure can be cellared for 5 + years.


Technical Notes

Alc by volume: 13.5%
Total acidity: 6.3 g/l
Residual sweetness: 1.9 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 655209
UPC code: 778856414011
Date bottled: August 2015
Case volume: 476 (6/case)


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Wine Style

Our family has farmed in the Okanagan Valley since 1908. We believe great wines begin in the vineyards and we are deeply passionate about the quality of our wines. The Anniversary Series is a selection of wines grown on specific family vineyard sites. Each wine is crafted to the highest standards in limited quantities which are only available at the estate. Our Chardonnay is dedicated to our mother Rosemary and her significant contribution to our family’s establishment of Quails’ Gate winery.


Tasting & Pairing

Rosemary’s Block Chardonnay is an extremely elegant wine that shows great complexity and intensity. On the nose expect white flowers, apple, pear and citrus fruit, with toasted hazelnuts, and hints of toasty French oak. The palate is beautifully balanced with a lovely mouth-feel, bright orchard fruits, stony minerality and a crisp refreshing finish. Pair this wine with BC Halibut, roast chicken and rich creamy pasta dishes.


Winemaking

Our second vintage of Rosemary’s Block was hand-harvested, whole-cluster pressed, and run to new and old French oak barrels where over a 4 month period, both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was left to age on lees for another 6 months before racking and blending. The 2013 harvest started and finished very early, and the warmth during the summer season was ideal for this single site varietal wine. As a result, we find the delicate flavors of Chardonnay well defined in a wine that is elegant and refined; not too unlike its namesake. We believe this wine can age until 2020, but will drink beautifully now.


Technical Notes

Alc by volume: 13%
Total acidity: 5.9 g/l
Residual sweetness: 1.1 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 655209
UPC code: 778856413014
Date bottled: August 2014
Case volume: 377 (6/case)


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Wine Style

Our family has farmed in the Okanagan Valley since 1908. We believe great wines begin in the vineyards and we are deeply passionate about the quality of our wines. The Anniversary Series is a selection of wines grown on specific family vineyard sites. Each wine is crafted to the highest standards in limited quantities which are only available at the estate. Our Chardonnay is dedicated to our mother Rosemary and her significant contribution to our family’s establishment of Quails’ Gate winery.


Tasting & Pairing

First impressions of the nose conjure brioche, hazelnuts and freshly blossomed white lilac complemented by delicate mandarin orange tones. The palate is creamy and toasted with flavors of apricot on the attack, yet well balanced with a long mineral finish that is both delicate and poised. We’d love to see this wine paired with scallops and pork belly glazed with apple citrus. Or for something exotic,try pairing with toasted farrow salad with hazelnuts and citrus dressing.


Winemaking

Our first vintage of Rosemary’s Block was harvested, crushed and run to 100% new French oak barrels 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. 2012 was the perfect vintage to dedicate a single site varietal based wine with some of the finest weather on record at our Estate vineyards. As a result, we find the delicate flavors of Chardonnay well defined in a wine that is elegant and refined; not too unlike its namesake. We believe this wine can age for 5 – 10 years.


Technical Notes

Alc by volume: 13.5% Total acidity: 5.2 g/l Residual sweetness: 1.4 g/l Sweetness code: 0 SKU code: 655209 UPC code: 778856412017 Date bottled: September 2013 Case volume: 85


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