SpierHead Winery 2010 Chardonnay - 87pts

SpierHead Winery 2010 Chardonnay (Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $23.90
Alcohol: 13.7%
Production: 385 cases
Date Tasted: June 15th, 2011

Tasting Notes: The 2010 vintage of this wine sees a Chardonnay in flux: a transition to from a blend of multi-regional fruit to a full-fledged single-vineyard (potentially by 2011). Having not tasted the components separately prior to blending, my guess is the austere, mineral aromas and flavours come from the East-Kelowna home vineyard and the rich orchard fruit notes come from the Black Sage Bench where roughly 50% of the fruit is currently sourced. Together, the resulting wine has good balance, a restrained-yet-intriguing presentation and transmits the 100% French Oak treatment well. A focus on the austere and mineral characters for 2011 may produce an interesting Chablis doppelganger. Drink 2011-2013.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca

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