Making a well-balanced Chardonnay is a challenge that requires both a level of judgment and restraint to fully showcase the fruit characteristics, together with fullness and finesse.
INSIDER TIP: One of our Small Cap wines, with a limited production of 500 cases.
Like a bowl of unwrapped Werther’s Candies, vanilla and rich butterscotch emanate from the glass. This wine has notes of tropical fruit and crème brulee. It’s creamy mid palate and delicate oak are balanced with a nice acidity.
This year’s Chardonnay grapes were sourced from Okanagan Falls. The grapes were whole cluster pressed for a fresh fruit profile using gravity to settle the wine and then put into French oak barrels and concrete egg. A partial malolactic conversion was allowed to occur. This, combined with lees stirring, created complexity and a sense of balance that doesn’t overpower the fruit flavours. Aged 10 months in French Oak
In 2019 Mother Nature decided to hit us with many curve balls. The winter started off mild, even warming to above 0°C in January, however this would not last and in February we returned to more normal cooler temperatures. Spring began cool, but as summer approached the temperatures warmed, giving us a typical Okanagan summer with temperatures not peaking too high. The season looked promising, with talks of harvest starting slightly earlier. September started beautifully, but in the second week, the rain came and kept persistent throughout the month. October gave us some reprieve, until the frost hit the valley October 10th, causing ripening to shut down in many vineyards.
Harvest commenced September 25th with Pinot Gris from OK Falls. Shortly after, the Pinot Noir and Merlot started coming in and things did not slow down for the next month with the last grapes arriving November 5th. Despite the myriad of weather events, you can expect the wines to be fresh and vibrant with complex flavour profiles and balanced acidity.
Thomas Ranch - Okanagan Falls