Secrest Mountain Chardonnay 2017
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FARMERS Duncan Billing
OWNERS Christine Coletta, Steve Lornie
LOCATION Oliver, Okanagan, British Columbia
VINEYARD Secrest Mountain Vineyard is a 50-acre site, home to a 38 acre (15 ha) vineyard situated on a flat south-west facing bench in a high mountain setting 487 meters (1,600 feet) above sea level. This cool site has flat alluvial soils studded with coarse gravel and sandy loam with limestone layers. The vineyard was planted in 2000 with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir. Since 2010, it has been farmed under the direction of Okanagan Crush Pad and a conversion to organic farming practices was started in 2014. In 2018 when Brad and Dave Wise decided to retire, the winery purchased the property from the family and will carry on with the work that the Wise family has done for the past 18 years.
WINEMAKERS Matt Dumayne
WINEMAKING The wine was whole bunch pressed to egg-shaped concrete tanks for a long, slow native ferment followed by malolactic fermentation. It was left on gross lees to build texture and richness for eight months before bottling.
WINE PROFILE Bright tropical fruit, rich and lush on the palate with a mouthwatering frame of acidity.