2013 No.26 Sunrise Road Chardonnay
Juicy mango, creamy peach, and baked apple tart flavours with stone minerality and spice.
October 2013 from our southwest Oliver Estate vineyards
The Sunrise Road Chardonnay is the bedrock of our Chardonnay program. Two decades ago, this vineyard estate was the location for our Avery award-winning wine. From there, we relentlessly pursued a deeper understanding of Chardonnay in the Okanagan Valley, looking at specific micro-sites and clonal studies. This never-ending exploration continues to motivate our winemaking and viticulture teams.
Nine months in 100% American oak
Vintage 2013 was a season of change – early to start, late to finish, and with exceptional flavour potential. A warmer than normal spring brought early budbreak followed by an extremely rainy June that slowed vine growth. Balance was restored with above average temperatures in July and August allowing grapes to mature along a normal ripening curve. The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. In September, heavy rainfall caused significant delays in the grape harvest resulting in our longest picking season ever. Overall, fruit quality was superb for both red and white varietals and the wines are showing excellent balance and character.