Black Swift Vineyards 2015 'Pinecrest Vineyard' Chardonnay
A very sentimental wine for us; this was a 2 acre site in the Glenrosa area of Westbank. We’re pretty sure it was the oldest block of Chardonnay in the valley, it was 40 years old this vintage. We only got 2 vintages of it as the owner was a lovely old chap whose wife got sick and he sold the property and the purchasers ripped out the vines. This is this vineyards finale, 200 cases made.|
Aged for a year and a half in new French Oak puncheons, this Chardonnay is pure hedonistic bliss.
‘The 2015 Pinecrest was a very sentimental wine for The Hatch as this was the last year they had access to this Westbank vineyard, rumoured to be the oldest block of Chardonnay in the Okanagan. When the owner of the organic 2 acre Glenrosa area vineyard passed, the land was sold and the new owners ripped out the old vines. So the 200 cases of 2015 Pinecrest is this vineyard’s finale. Black Swift is the premium, single vineyard project from the folks at The Hatch, and I tasted bottle #1760. Full-bodied and confident, with a creamy, lees-lined base for the ripe and dense yellow apple, pear and lemon curd. Perfumed and expressive white florals and almond blossoms scent this ripe wine, one gently but firmly buoyed with a swell of stony acidity. The lingering finish is dusted with stony salts. Drinking well now, this really is meant for a couple of years in the cellar. I’d say this 45 year old vineyard went out on a high note. 91 points‘ – Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine
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