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2016 COOLSHANAGH Chardonnay

COOLSHANAGH Chardonnay 2016

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  • Country
  • Country
  • Canada
  • Regulated designation
  • Regulated designation
  • Table wine
  • Region
  • Region
  • British Columbia
  • Subregion
  • Subregion
  • Okanagan Valley, Naramata
  • Varietal(s)
  • Varietal(s)
  • Chardonnay 100 %
  • Color
  • Color
  • White
  • About this winery

    Coolshanagh, “a meeting place of friends” is Skip and Judy Stothert’s perfectly-situated property on the Naramata Bench overlooking Okanagan Lake. The unique, complex soil is studded with limestone and calcium carbonate, which, combined with the slope, offers some of the best exposure and soil structures for grape growing seen in the Okanagan; according to world-renowned terroir specialist Dr. Pedro Parra: among the top 15% in the world. This soil, slope, drainage and sunlight, combined...

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  • Tasting notes

    This elegant wine exhibits aromas of straw, green apple and lychee, with a rich and layered texture. All flavours and textures are as nature intended. Dumayne says that this wine will reward aging.

  • Viticultural notes

    Coolshanagh is a celebrated vineyard located north of Naramata between what was the ancient west coast of North America and Okanagan Mountain. Distinct regional flavours emerge from this fertile calcium carbonate loaded soil comprised of fractured glacial bedrock.

  • Winemaking notes

    As determined by Pedro Parra, each block of Chardonnay grapes is hand-picked at a different time, with the first picking taking place in mid-September and the last in early October 2016. Each section was treated differently to optimally express each unique vineyard location. For 11 months, a percentage of deeper, clay soil sections were whole cluster pressed into new oak puncheons to ferment, with the remainder being fermented in a concrete egg. The wine underwent minimal handling and had lees stirring and bottling without fining or filtration. The idea was to create three separate parts that were uniquely represented in the whole wine. Alone, the parts showed the different sections and together the entire vineyard and all its nuances are brought into balance.

Press reviews

  • - 93 Points -

    October 2018

    This elegant wine has aromas and flavours of citrus and apple with very subtle oak, bright acidity and a spine of minerality. The flavours are fresh and focused, supported with good texture.

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  • - 93 Points -

    October 2018

    Made by Matt Dumayne at the Okanagan Crush Pad, this is a beautiful Chardonnay from the estate vineyard of the same name on the Naramata Bench. A combination of oak puncheouns and concrete eggs were used for fermentation, with minimal handling, lees stirring and bottle unfiltered and unfined. The nose shows creamy apple, lemon, quince, and elegant spice accents. Such lovely texture and purity of fruit on the palate with creamy, bready pear/apple notes, citrus, minerals and well-integrated spice that’s all lifted by firm acidity on the finish. Just a gorgeous, personable Chardonnay.

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  • - 93 Points -

    August 2019

    Nine months down the road, this wine is looking or tasting just fine. I think it's the most elegant Coolshanagh yet, offering electric acidity, creamy lees textures, and rich, layered apple and pear with some of the best French oak framing in the Okanagan. It has real Okanagan signature that sets it apart from so many other BC chardonnays...

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