I’ve been impressed by the wines from Rhys Pender and Alison Dredger’s Little Farm winery in the Similkameen Valley. This is a valley next door to the Okanagan in Canada’s BC, and their 4 acre organic vineyard is in in Cawston. I reckon this is their best yet. It’s the first release of this naturally fermented Chardonnay, and it retails at a very reasonable CA$35. Alas, just 55 cases were made.
Little Farm Pied de Cuve Chardonnay 2015 Similkameen Valley, BC, Canada
12.5% alcohol. Neutral barrels and native yeast, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sulfur just at bottling. Complex aromatics with some spice, smoked lemon and grapefruit. The palate is really fresh and delicate with pristine lemony fruit and a lovely spiciness, as well as some red apple and cherry hints. There’s real finesse, freshness and complexity here. Beguiling. 93/100
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