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Sandhill Chardonnay 2016

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Sandhill Estate Vineyard & King Family Vineyard

Sandhill Chardonnay 2016

Clear and bright with a yellow hue and a bouquet of orchard fruit, oak and caramel.
A medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with a smooth, slightly rich mouth-feel, and flavours of red apple, pear and spice. A perfect balance between fruit and oak barrel spice.
The long lingering finish has flavours of lemon, spice, apple and a touch of oak, and just enough acidity to refresh.
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.

The spring began with a blast of heat and a quick start to the season. Summer and fall cooled slightly allowing a slow, long ripening season, ideal for red varietals, and for expressive aromatic whites. The valley saw slightly wetter than normal conditions; however, the vineyards remained healthy. The southern Okanagan Valley experienced 1635 GDD (Growing Degree Days), representing higher than average heat units.

“The 2016 vintage was perfect for Chardonnay, allowing for the development of ripe fruit aromas and flavours, and a slightly rich round mouth-feel, yet still providing enough acidity to refresh on the finish.
Critical Acclaim

Bronze Medal – BC Wine Awards 2013

Wine Making Hand-harvested and whole cluster pressed. 50% of the wine was barrel fermented and aged sur lie in new and one year old French oak barrels for 9 months to provide richness and complexity. 50% of the wine was stainless steel fermented and aged for full expression of the fruit. To preserve vibrant fruit expression, malolactic fermentation was prevented from occurring.
Wine Analysis Alcohol 13.0% Dryness Code 0 Sugar 3.0 g/litre TA 6.1 g/litre Cellaring Enjoy now to 2021 Release Date June 2017 Cases Produced 4855

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