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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Peller Estates (BC) 2005 Chardonnay Private Reserve  (Okanagan Valley)

Peller Estates (BC)

2005 Chardonnay Private Reserve
(Okanagan Valley)

The Okanagan’s 2005 vintage was one of the best in a decade. It was also a relatively small harvest compared to 2004 or 2006. As a consequence, nearly every producer rushed the 2005 whites to market by summer and the wines have almost vanished now from distribution channels.

Andrew Peller Ltd. (formerly Andrés Wines) has taken longer than many of its competitors to release its 2005 whites, for reasons only known to the winery. But it means that consumers who missed out on other, earlier, releases can still find out what caused the raves for the vintage.

The winery took care in handling the grapes for this wine, starting with hand-picked Chardonnay, using only free-run juice, fermenting it cool in stainless steel and then maturing it between nine and 12 months on the lees in oak. The oak regime was split equally between French and American oak barrels, only 15% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation was avoided so that the freshness of the vintage could shine through.

A delicious wine resulted, with an appealing aroma of citrus and apples, with a touch of vanilla, all of which carries through into the flavours. The wine has the rich texture than comes from good lees treatment. It finishes with a refreshing, lively tang. 87 points.

Reviewed February 2, 2007 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Peller Estates (BC)
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Chardonnay Private Reserve
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $16.99

Review Date: 2/2/2007

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.