Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
British Columbia VQA
Sugar
24.6 Brix at Harvest
Total Acidity
5.9
pH
3.48
Bottling Date
July 11, 2014
Residual Sugar
3.6
Alcohol %
14.3

2012 Jackpot Chardonnay

The nose is complex with aromas of orange blossom, nectarine, and grilled almond. The palate is rich, but has refreshing acidity on the finish. This Chardonnay delivers delicious flavours of pear, apple pie, and preserved lemon.

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Winemaker Notes
Each block was picked when the grapes were optimally ripe and the flavours fully developed. The grapes were pressed, whole cluster, to a low juice yield and wild yeast was encouraged in order to deliver a more complex wine. Fermentation took place in French oak at warm temperatures. The lees were stirred every week until August 2013. In September 2013 the final blend was assembled and then aged in neutral oak barrels for a further 5 months prior to bottling.
Alcohol %
14.3
Total Acidity
5.9
Residual Sugar
3.6
pH
3.48

Tasting Notes
The 2012 Jackpot Chardonnay has a rich golden colour. The nose is profound and complex with aromas of orange blossom, nectarine, and grilled almond. The palate is pure pleasure, rich on the front and mid palate but with refreshing acidity on the finish. Complex and Burgundian in style, this Chardonnay delivers delicious flavours of pear, apple pie, preserved lemon and lees-ey complexity.

Vineyard Notes
Three different vineyards contributed the majority of the grapes for this wine: Road 13's own Castle Vineyard, on the Golden Mile Bench; Blind Creek Vineyards in Cawston; and Mitchell's Vineyard in Summerland. All three sites are fantastic and use the best vineyard practices, which makes the Winemaker's job in the cellar much easier. Low yield, some old vines, and excellent dirt made this wine, but responsible irrigation practices and canopy management didn't hurt either. The end result were grapes bursting with flavour.

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