Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Chip Off the Old Block Chenin Blanc
Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
BC $17.39 (837963)
The old vineyard block of circa 1968 Chenin Blanc continues to be one of Road 13’s best assets. Cuttings from those vines were used to plant a neighboring parcel of the vineyard; the fruit from those young vines is used to produce this compellingly ripe and fruity white. The grapes were harvested September 30, hand sorted and whole-bunch pressed before settling and fermentation in stainless steel. Bottling took place in March to capture the fruity intensity. The result is a fuller-bodied wine, with creamy texture and concentrated flavours suggesting tropical and tree fruit accented by floral and spice notes. Sushi or seafood is the obvious match here. 249 cases. Recommended.