Un-oaked Chardonnay is a crisp, pure expression of the Chardonnay grape. We ferment in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to preserve the clean, fruit-forward nature of our Un-oaked Chardonnay as well as expressing its vineyard site and vintage characteristics. We then employ lees-contact to add a fresh briny character and texture. Our inspiration is derived from our love of the famous un-oaked Chardonnays of Chablis and the weight of lesser known Chardonnays from Macon-Clessé which have a warmer climate and terroir similar to our own.
Varietal: Chardonnay 100%
- Con Vida Vineyard Skaha Bluff, Penticton (long-term leased & farmed by JoieFarm, planted 1989) Hollenbach Family Vineyard Skaha Bluff, Penticton (planted 1993) Oliver Twist Vineyard Oliver
- The grapes were hand-harvested and a sorting table was utilized before the grapes were de-stemmed to ensure that only healthy grapes went into the wine. After de-stemming and crushing, a slow, gentle pressing was utilized via a pneumatic press. No sulphur was added at the press pan so as to hyper oxidize the juice ensuring stable colour and flavour compounds during ferment. The already flavourful juice was gently racked from its settling tank to ferment. The must was inoculated with a champagne yeast, EC-118, to cleanly express vineyard side and vintage. A quick 12- to 16-hour settling allowed us to maintain maximum flavour and nutrients in our must before it was racked for ferment. Our glycol cooling system allowed us to achieve a clean and controlled ferment that lasted about two weeks in stainless steel. Each of the lots was vinified separately. We employed lees stirring until the wines were racked to be blended. Sulphur levels were carefully managed to preserve maximum bouquet, topped up only after a second racking and checked pre-bottling. The wine was protein and cold stabilized, then filtered. The filtration system used was cross-flow, a medium-free method that is the gentlest of any filter. We chose a Stelvin screwcap closure because we feel it is the best method available to preserve the freshness that is key to this wine.
- On the nose, fresh aromas of pineapple and citrus lead to flavours of tart pineapple, lemon, and mineral on the palate. Structurally, the wine shows medium body and moderate alcohol. The Un-oaked Chardonnay finishes fresh and clean.