Golden Mile’s CheckMake Artisanal Winery makes the stylish Attack Chardonnay 2013. Refined and rich, it balances ripe stone fruit, succulent acidity, and luxurious subtle oak. Attack Chardonnay can age for a decade easily.
Attack Chardonnay 2013 is from a new and stellar ultra-premium estate called CheckMate Artisanal Winery. It’s the brainchild of Anthony Von Mandl, founder of Mission Hill and owner of Martin’s Lane and CedarCreek wineries. A pioneer of fine wine in British Columbia, his goal for CheckMate is to focus on single vineyard expressions from the Okanagan’s two pre-eminent grapes, Chardonnay and Merlot. Named for a chess manoeuver, Attack is one of five chardonnay wines, each of which articulate a particular plot or blend from the Golden Mile estate vineyards, home to some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in Canada. Attack brings together grapes from the Black Sage Bench and Golden Mile sites into a focused and refined weighty wine. Gorgeous toast, custard and vanilla aromas are joined by citrus oil, stone fruit, spice and almond flavours. A year and a half in luxurious French oak foudre with substantial lees contact gives the palate a silky creaminess, breadth and rich texture, which delightfully contrasts succulent acidity. Like fine white Burgundy, Attack should be serve at about 15 degrees, decanted to encourage its complexity unfurl, and always poured into a big-bowled glass. It will pair magnificent with Dungeness crab, pork belly, smoked oyster chowder, or triple cream cheese. It will age for a decade at least.