The 2019 Silver Chardonnay is fresh and lean with bright acidty and minerality that drive the long finish. Stylistically produced with seasoned oak and stainless steel tank, a refreshing nose of granny smith apple and poached pear transition to salt water, lime juice and wet stone on the palate. Best enjoyed upon release through 2025 under ideal cellaring conditions.
Our Chardonnay consists of grapes harvested from 4 vineyards picked on a range of picking dates, mid-September to early October, to yield a complexity of flavours and acidity. The fruit is predominantly from our Estate vineyards on the Naramata Bench. Different leaf removal strategies were employed to give a variety of bunch exposure times and subsequent flavour development. Crop levels were kept low at 3 tonnes per acre.
The various Chardonnay lots were hand harvested and either whole cluster pressed or pressed after overnight skin contact, settled and fermented in stainless steel tanks and a variety of seasoned French oak barrels. Fermentations were long and cool to preserve aromatics. A variety of yeasts were used to encourage complexity of flavours.
The final blend includes 50% barrel fermented and matured on lees for 6 months with batonnage for palate development.