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B.C. WINE OF THE WEEK

- Alcoholic Drinks · Wine · British Columbia

Black Swift Vine­yards Hart St. Vine­yard Chardon­nay 2016, Okana­gan Val­ley $43 | 90/100

UPC: 6269902770­02

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.

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