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Wine Recommendation

Arrowleaf Cellars 2004 Chardonnay  (Okanagan Valley)

Arrowleaf Cellars

2004 Chardonnay
(Okanagan Valley)

Swiss-born farmer Josef Zuppiger runs this winery with wife Margrit and son, Manuel, who completed his winemaker training at Wädenswill in Switzerland before the family opened this winery in 2004. The winery is north of Kelowna on a vineyard sloping westward toward Okanagan Lake.

This lightly-oaked Chardonnay won silver this year at the All-Canadian Wine Championships. The wine begins with an aroma of green apples and citrus and carries those notes through to the flavours. By employing partial barrel fermentation and lees stirring, Manuel has added a creamy texture and a note of spice and vanilla on the finish. 86 points.

Reviewed July 5, 2006 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: Arrowleaf Cellars
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Chardonnay
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $15.90

Review Date: 7/5/2006

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.