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Sandhill Chardonnay 2017

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Sandhill Estate & Hidden Terrace Vineyards

Sandhill Chardonnay 2017

Clear and bright with a straw-yellow hue and a bouquet of red apple, Anjou pear, grilled pineapple, spice and delicate oak.
A medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with a smooth, slightly rich mouth-feel, and flavours of tropical fruit, apple and melon.
The long lingering finish has flavours of citrus and green apple freshness, along with delicate spicy oak and vanilla.
Serve not overly chilled at 14 to 16°C with baked halibut; mushroom risotto; creamy pasta with smoked salmon; turkey pot pies; puff pastry wrapped chicken or salmon; pork chops marinated with Dijon and tarragon; grilled chicken with a yogurt smoked paprika marinade; salmon quiche; creamy potato dishes.

Harvested from Sandhill Estate and Hidden Terrace vineyards.
Gently cold pressed and settled prior to fermentation.
50% of the wine was barrel fermented and aged sur lie in new and one-year old French oak barrels for 5 months to provide richness and complexity.
50% of the wine was stainless steel fermented and aged sur lie for full expression of the fruit.
To preserve vibrant fruit expression, malolactic fermentation was prevented from occurring.
Critical Acclaim
Wine Making A cool, wet spring gave way to a late start to the growing season, which led directly into a hot summer with a record breaking dry spell. This accelerated the ripening, bringing the fruit back on track. September brought cooler weather, slowing the ripening and allowing a good window for picking. This resulted in wines that are more balanced with lower alcohols and higher natural acidity. Overall, the 2017 vintage was lower in heat units than 2016 but still higher than average.
Wine Analysis Alcohol 13.5% Dryness Code 0 Sugar 4.1 g/litre TA 5.7 g/litre Cellaring Enjoy now to 2022 Release Date December 2018 Cases Produced 3256 CSPC# 541193

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