2016 Inniskillin Okanagan Dark Horse Vineyard Chardonnay
A generous offering of caramel, pineapple, and coconut with a hint of toast on the nose. The luxurious mouthfeel, integrated with notes of butter and caramelized sugar on the palate, leads to a warm, lengthy finish.
Early Spring temperatures brought a rapid start to the 2016 growing season. Mid to late Spring saw temperatures cool off, bringing in a great deal of rain. This hampered berry development slightly but the warm summer days followed by cool summer nights more than made up for it. This temperature fluctuation allows sugar to develop during the day, with acidity that develops at night, resulting in whites with excellent fruit flavours and bright acidity. Red wine varietals benefited from an early growing season as well, which allowed them to ripen on the vine for much longer than a typical harvest. The cooler fall weather helped the grapes retain moisture which resulted in a more subtle fruit profile with supple, smooth tannins.
This elegant Chardonnay was harvested exclusively from our Dark Horse Vineyard on September 21st. The wine was fermented in barrel with 20% new French oak, where it aged sur lie for 11 months.
Food Pairing Notes
Lobster with butter sauce, whole grilled trout, lemon cilantro chicken. Cheese: Colby, Crescenza, Edam, Havarti, Limburger.