Bartier Bros. 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay - 89pts

Bartier Bros. 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $26.90
Alcohol: 13%

Production: 182 cases
Date Tasted: January 11th, 2015

Tasting Notes: Though only "a portion" of this Chardonnay was fermented in 1 year old oak barrels (percentages not listed), the influence of 5 months of lees contact and natural micro-oxygenation shows prominently on the spills-out-of-the-glass intense, yeast'n'toffee-infused nose. Orchard fruit, herbs, citrus peel and smoky flint aromas round-out the complex, developing bouquet.

The palate first takes a savoury turn with herbs, spice and minerals upon entry, then, resolves to showcase citrus fruit, both juicy and tart, through to the tangy and minerally finish. Drink now-2018+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2015

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