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2020 French Family Release Chardonnay

2020 French Family Release Chardonnay

Little Engine’s French Family Release Chardonnay showcases stony minerality throughout – classically reminiscent of Chablis. Summer floral notes, aromas of melon, stone fruit and lemon curd lead into a bright and fresh palate of white peach, Asian pear and hints of cinnamon and a touch of white pepper all structured with vibrant acidity.

Best enjoyed now through 2024.

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96 Points - Deborah Podurgiel

Even the nose is enticing with its soft spritz of honeysuckle, white florals, golden apple, pear, ginger, white pepper and lemon curd each flavour so defined, refined and delicious. On the palate this amazing dry, unoaked Chardonnay is medium-plus-bodied with laser balance fruit to acidity; plushy with dried white florals, fresh ripe orchard fruit, creamy lemon pudding, stony mineral flavours viscous, rounded, and vibrant with a forever finish (more than a minute). This is an amazing, complex, elegant, and once-in-a-lifetime Chardonnay.

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SKU: 21571_20
Details
Vintage
2020
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Naramata Bench
Aging
Through 2024
Alcohol %
13.3
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Little Engine’s French Family Release Chardonnay showcases stony minerality throughout – classically reminiscent of Chablis. Summer floral notes, aromas of melon, stone fruit and lemon curd lead into a bright and fresh palate of white peach, Asian pear and hints of cinnamon and a touch of white pepper all structured with vibrant acidity.
Vineyard Notes
The fruit for this wine is 100% Naramata Bench and was sourced from 2 of our vineyards. The grapes for this wine were harvested at different times, late September and early October, based on flavours in the vineyard. This encourages complexity in flavours and acidity. Different leaf removal strategies were employed to give a variety of bunch exposure times and subsequent flavour development.
Production Notes
Free and press run juices are kept separate. This Chardonnay is 100% stainless steel tank fermented using a variety of yeasts, to create a complexity of flavours and aromatic esters.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit is hand harvested then allowed to cool overnight. Grapes are either whole cluster pressed or de-stemmed and cold soaked for 12 – 16 hours and then pressed.