“En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Reviews

93 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

The winery describes this as a careful barrel selection “from our most prized blocks at our Joie-run vineyard sites on the Skaha Bluff and the Naramata Bench. The wine was fermented in French oak primarily with indigenous yeast. The wine begins with aromas of citrus that  lead to a concentrated medley of fruit flavours – melon, white peach, citrus – around a spine of minerality. With imperceptible oak, this fruit forward Chardonnay is crisp and the finish lingers.

91 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017 

Bright straw colour; minerally, apple with a forest floor note on the nose, well integrated oak; full-bodied, ripe pear and apple flavours backed by spicy oak, buttery but dry and well-balanced with vanilla oak notes. Lovely mouth-feel with a long, Meyer lemon finish and a note of toasty oak.

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

A departure from the Un-Oaked Chardonnay above, the “En Famille” take on the grape is fermented with native yeast and carries some enjoyable lifted oak, perfectly balancing all the wine’s orchard fruit. All the pears are here, too: Bosc! Anjou! Bartlett! Each one of them is perfectly ripe yet still fresh, with juicy acidity. A stunning example of how elegant Okanagan Chardonnay can be, I think it’s the best one she has made to date.

 

2015 “En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay

 

Silver Medal, 2017 Chardonnay du Monde, Burgundy

Silver Medal, 2017 Pacific Rim Wine Competition, California