2012 Church and State Chardonnay

2012 Church and State Chardonnay

'Coyote Bowl', Okanagan Valley, BC

Gravelbourg Vineyard

$27.00 Quantity

VARIETAL:

ALCOHOL: 0.00%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

90-94 Points - 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards

Reviews:

Why We're Drinking It:

The grapes for this wine were picked from the Gravelbourg vineyard within the Okanagan Valley in late October 2012. The fruit was hand picked, hand sorted, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented slowly at cooler temperatures to ensure maximum retention of delicate aromatics. When the fermentation was about 80% complete, the wine was transferred to a mixture of French oak barrels (33.3% new) and allowed to warm up and complete fermentation. The lees were stirred regularly for 10 months to build body and texture in the wine. The blend was bottled in early October, 2013. 750 cases produced.

Tasting Notes:

Golden in colour, the wine starts off with aromas of golden delicious apples, lemon crème fraiche, vanilla bean and subtle notes of peach and apricot.
The palate is soft, round, silky, with an impeccable balance and gorgeous full textured mouthfeel. Additional notes of crème caramel, brioche and boney minerality intermesh into the texture to create a stunning and truly memorable Okanangan chardonnay.

The Story to Know:

The name Church & State symbolizes a balance between the many elements involved in creating the highest quality wine we can produce.

This concept of balance permeates everything we do, a balance between the head and the heart, between change and tradition. We find balance in the climate of this region, in the growing of our grapes, the aging of our wines in French oak barrels in our cellar and in the premium vintages we produce.

In the Okanagan Valley near Oliver we farm 70 acres on estate land, mainly on the renowned Black Sage Bench, and a further 30 acres through our partnerships with growers in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. We also have 11 acres of planted grapes on the Saanich Peninsula. We pay close attention to our grapes, from preparing the land to choosing the right clones and rootstock, to careful hand pruning and harvesting.

Our guiding principle is that you can make great wine only if you have great grapes. Great grapes are produced on the best land, most suitable to the varietal planted and with great attention to detail and timing throughout the planting, growing and harvesting process.

The grapes for this wine were picked from the Gravelbourg vineyard within the Okanagan Valley in late October 2012. The fruit was hand picked, hand sorted, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented slowly at cooler temperatures to ensure maximum retention of delicate aromatics. When the fermentation was about 80% complete, the wine was transferred to a mixture of French oak barrels (33.3% new) and allowed to warm up and complete fermentation. The lees were stirred regularly for 10 months to build body and texture in the wine. The blend was bottled in early October, 2013. 750 cases produced.

90-94 Points - 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards

Golden in colour, the wine starts off with aromas of golden delicious apples, lemon crème fraiche, vanilla bean and subtle notes of peach and apricot.
The palate is soft, round, silky, with an impeccable balance and gorgeous full textured mouthfeel. Additional notes of crème caramel, brioche and boney minerality intermesh into the texture to create a stunning and truly memorable Okanangan chardonnay.

The name Church & State symbolizes a balance between the many elements involved in creating the highest quality wine we can produce.

This concept of balance permeates everything we do, a balance between the head and the heart, between change and tradition. We find balance in the climate of this region, in the growing of our grapes, the aging of our wines in French oak barrels in our cellar and in the premium vintages we produce.

In the Okanagan Valley near Oliver we farm 70 acres on estate land, mainly on the renowned Black Sage Bench, and a further 30 acres through our partnerships with growers in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. We also have 11 acres of planted grapes on the Saanich Peninsula. We pay close attention to our grapes, from preparing the land to choosing the right clones and rootstock, to careful hand pruning and harvesting.

Our guiding principle is that you can make great wine only if you have great grapes. Great grapes are produced on the best land, most suitable to the varietal planted and with great attention to detail and timing throughout the planting, growing and harvesting process.