AVAILABILITY OF COOLSHANAGH
The 2016 Chardonnay, and a few remaining bottles of the 2015 Chardonnay, are currently available. Order via email or 250-809-4695. Sign up with Friends of Coolshanagh for the latest on new vintage releases. For those in USA, please order Coolshanagh online via Wine VIP.
As determined by 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. 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.
PH 3.67 | TA 5.5 | RS 0.2 | ALC 12.3% | 750 cases
Harvested in September 2015, 38% of this exquisite Chardonnay was fermented in two lightly toasted French oak puncheons; the balance in an egg-shaped concrete tank. Aged on the lees for eleven months and bottled August 2016. The nose offers citrus, creamy caramel, apple, pear, subtle white peach as well as subtle vanilla pudding, apple strudel. Medium intense. On the Palate: The finished wine offers a distinctive combination of bright acidity and texture. There’s a distinctive sense of the vineyard in this wine with its stoney complexity and bright fruit evoking the rocky subsoils and cool mesoclimate. A beautiful mouth feel on entry, full body style, mid palate offers complex layers of citrus brioche, apple, ripe pear, butterscotch, crème caramel and baked green apple. A judicious use of oak gently frames this wine, is not up front and boisterous, but serves primarily as a textural lift. A lingering, long, pleasing finish. Upon release, the wine tastes spectacular, with great structure and mouthfeel, and this structure bodes well for its ability to cellar as a top flight wine.
pH: 3.91 | TA: 4.9 | RS: 0.6 | Alc: 13.5 | 312 cases
2012/2013/2014 Chardonnay (SOLD OUT)