Church & State, Gravelbourg Vineyard, Chardonnay, VQA Okanagan Valley, BC, 2012, 13.8% abv, C$27

csThis wine was awarded silver in the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards and it won a gold star at a pre-Christmas dinner this past weekend with the in-laws.

So complimentary with roast turkey, the wine is a medium shade of gold with big legs.  The nose is medium intense refreshing blend of citrus – Meyer lemon and pink grapefruit stood out – with a bit of pineapple, alongside buttery popcorn, caramel and some carefully managed oak.  There’s also a great fresh, crusty bread aroma from extended lees contact with the lees (aka dead yeast cells in case you’re thinking, ‘what the heck are lees?’).

The palate is dry with medium plus alcohol and average acidity.  The body is satisfyingly full, and the flavour profile full of more citrus with yellow apple, quince, tropical fruit, a dash of oak and light toffee.   The finish is medium plus.

WSET Very Good – a really delicious wine that is hard to stop drinking.  I’m so glad I bought two – and wish I’d bought more.  The balanced use of wood and fruit shows off a layered tapestry of flavour.  Drink now or hold for 5-7 for prolonged enjoyment.

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