B.C. WINE OF THE WEEK
Black Swift Vineyards Hart St. Vineyard Chardonnay 2016, Okanagan Valley $43 | 90/100
The Hatch is behind this Black Swift release from a single vineyard site in east Kelowna that is the coolest and the most northern of Black Swift Chardonnay labels. It’s a terrific addition to their goal “to create the first exclusively single vineyard, multi-regional wine project in British Columbia; one that seeks to capture the diversity of our young, but exceptional, region.” Winemaker Jason Parkes assessed the site and the fruit, and was inspired to emulate the Chablis style. In fact, it’s a good play given the delicate textures here, and that long clean subtle palate with just a hint of lemon, sage and salty wet stones. More acid would be the final solution. Winery direct.