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Wine Recommendation

Wine: Church & State Wines 2005 Chardonnay, Dekleva Family Vineyard (Okanagan Valley)

Church & State Wines

2005 Chardonnay, Dekleva Family Vineyard
(Okanagan Valley)

The Dekleva Family Vineyard, located south of Oliver in the viticultural area known locally as the Golden Mile, is a legendary British Columbia Chardonnay producer. Planted in 1971, it is now operated by the second generation of the Dekleva family to grow grapes in the Okanagan. The quality of the Chardonnay in particular is notable. In the 1992 vintage, Dekleva Chardonnay was the backbone of the Mission Hill Chardonnay that won the Avery Trophy two years later at the International Wine and Spirits competition in London. The vineyard also grew the Chardonnay in the 1999 Mission Hill wine that scored the only gold for Canada at the 2001 Chardonnay du Monde competition.

Vancouver Island businessman Kim Pullen has been aggressive in his strategy to turn around the struggling Victoria Estate Winery that he bought in 2004. He relaunched it as Church and State, hired California winemaker Bill Dyer and snapped up top quality Okanagan grapes, including the Dekleva Chardonnay. True to form, this wine won a silver medal at the recent Okanagan Wine Festival.

Only 181 cases were made. The wine is being released next spring but Church and State has announced that it is taking orders. This is a vibrant wine, with tropical fruit (pineapple) on the nose. The wine’s fresh acidity lifts the flavours, a medley of citrus and apple tastes subtly enhanced by oak and lees notes. There is elegance and balance here. 88 points.

Reviewed December 14, 2006 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Church & State Wines
Vineyard: Dekleva Family Vineyard
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Chardonnay
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $23.00

Review Date: 12/14/2006

The Reviewer

John Schreiner

John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.