I followed Chardonnay Vine 3, Row 1, Block 1 on the Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, BC for 6 months in 2010. Just after bud break through to harvest day–May 4, 2010 through harvest day October 7, 2010.#ChardyTuesday in the Rear View Mirror–Blog Post>
The vineyard was planted in 1989, an unknown clone, by Terry Wells, an Oliver school teacher who retired and the sold the land to us. Over the years, a some harsh winters and some virus had beset the vineyard block and in early 2010 the decision was made that this would be its last harvest. I decided, as a new follower of twitter, to chronicle its last Hurrah! And I think it was a beautiful way to show our respect for a vineyard block that had served us so well over the years.
The Chardonnay grapes from #ChardyTuesday ended up being fermented in small stainless steel “barrels” and then being blended along with Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat and becoming our 2010 2Bench White blend.