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) Lux Ultima Vineyard, Peachland (planted 1987)
- 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 cycle was applied via pneumatic press. No sulphur was added at the press pan, instead the juice was hyper-oxidized to ensure healthy colour and stabilize compounds during ferment. The already flavourful juice was then gently racked from its settling tank to ferment. The must was inoculated with a champagne yeast, EC-1118 to cleanly express site 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 lot was vinified separately. We employed lees stirring until the wines were racked to be blended. No malolactic fer- mentation was necessary this vintage. The wine was protein and cold stabilized, then filtered using a cross-flow (a medium-free method that is the gentlest of any filtering technique). Sulphur levels were carefully managed to preserve maximum bouquet; it was added only following the second post-ferment racking and checked pre-bottling. We chose a Stelvin, screw-cap 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 green apple, lemon and minerals on the palate. Structurally, the wine shows medium body and moderate alcohol, finishing fresh and clean.