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Quails' Gate Chenin Blanc
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Quails' Gate Chenin Blanc 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFrom the cellar. Chenin does special things with age, transforming pear and grapefruit and light honey blossoms into concentrated quince, green fig and heady honeysuckle notes. This 2013 is just hinting at maturity, with dried herbs, honey and dried quince framing the bright orchard fruit. Medicinal-edged tropical fruit, perhaps a result of the sauvignon blanc splashed in, stunts the finish. Chenin's piercing acidity drives throughout, lingering on the palate. Now in this awkward tween phase, but will impress much more with a year or two more transformative rest.Tasted: 07 March 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 19.00 winery direct, VQA shops, private wine shops AB 15.00 SK 19.00 MB 19.00 ON 18.00 QC 19.00 NS 23.00 PEI 23.00 NB 23.00 NF 23.00 Producer: Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate WineryCSPC: 391854UPC: 778856112030