2016 'Oak Street Vineyard' Chardonnay
Nesting Place: Oak Street Vineyard
Hatched of Oak Street Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench. This prestigious & small block of Chardonnay benefits from a dynamic site specific microclimate, defined by: positioning on the Western slope, rich clay & mineral deposits from erosion on the nearby Mountain range. The site basks mostly in early morning sun & benefits from more intensive diurnal swings towards cooler temperatures in the evenings. Aptly named "Oak Street" being that we strive for more classic, weight driven expressions of Chardonnay defined by Oak. This vineyard is organically conducive to optimal balance, harmony & acid retention.
The Wine & Moment in Time:
An opulent & weighty incarnation of Oak Street expressive of both vineyard and vintage. The earlier ripening nature of Chardonnay, site specific clonal selection (53,76,96) & desert climatic conditions push the raw varietal character to the forefront, whilst the more temperate nature of the site & vintage aid in acid retention and balance.
This vintage was carefully sorted, fermented & aged over 14 months in entirely new French Oak puncheons. The larger format Oak program allows for a slower, more finessed integration of texture & complexity. Driven by characteristics of Honey, ripe Stone Fruit, Baking Spice & Butter. Lush & well rounded in texture, racy acidity echos through the spine.
At this point, we are 4 years into the incredible life & evolution of this wine. If intrigued by the potential for progression in a more Mineral & Oak dominant direction drink through 2023.
WINNER OF A GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2019 ALL CANADIAN WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS