Capture Chardonnay 2014

CheckMate Winery

Capture Chardonnay


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Product code
3 x 750ml
Listing type
Private import
Not available
Regulated designation
Vintners quality alliance (VQA)
British Columbia
Okanagan Valley
Chardonnay 100 %
Aging vessel type
100% French Oak (49% new)
Length of aging
16 months
Winery's website

About this winery

The von Mandl family began their journey over 40 years ago. The first sign of the real potential of the vineyards came in 1994 with a surprise win at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London for ‘Top Chardonnay in the World.’ The family has developed exceptional vineyards with distinctive Chardonnay and Merlot clones, some of which are now over 40 years old, at what are now CheckMate Artisanal Winery vineyards.

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Tasting notes

A struggling, natural ferment contributes a lifted, perfumed nose reminiscent of mandarin blossom with a wild element. The palate opens with spice and creamy stone fruits, which are overtaken by minerals and a keen acidity, smoothly interwoven with an oak influence.

Viticultural notes

Situated on the Canada-US border, this is the most challenging climate from whitch they source fruit. The wine reflects the lean, sandy soil, having extraordinary length and beautifully layered complexity.

Press reviews


- 91 points-

Bruce Sanderson, 2017

This is opulent, yet with a vibrant structure framing the peach, spice and mineral flavors. Fine intensity midpalate carries to a long conclusion. Balanced, though the light tannins on the finish need time to integrate. Chardonnay. Drink now through 2023.

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- 91 points-

Anthony Gismondi, April 2017

Capture appears to have two faces. One that is fresh and mineral upon release but with time in the bottle it builds up more tropical fruit and weight in the mouth. In 2014, the warm weather precluded any fruit hanging too long in the vineyard, yet the style is just a bit tighter in 2014 providing a counterbalance to handle the ripe, expansive fruit of a warm year.

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