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.
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.
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.
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.