2017 Queen’s Advantage Chardonnay

Deep, rocky soils and old, gnarly vines (planted in the early 1970’s) combine to create a wine with rosehip, lifted peach and wet stone aromas. The palate is seamless with mandarin flavours coming to the fore, along with barrel spice and signature wet stone notes.

Combret Vineyard
Aromas & Texture
Stone Fruit & Butterscotch
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  • Wine Accolade - 94 Points - Anthony Gismondi, Wine Writer

Combret Vineyard

Southwest of the town of Oliver, this vineyard contains some of the oldest Chardonnay plantings in Canada. Located beneath Mt. Kobau and the Thompson Plateau, these vines are approaching 50 years of age. Of unknown origin, the vines are an extraordinarily distinctive Chardonnay clone named Dekleva in honour of the family who planted this vineyard.

The wine creates an immediate impression of richness, both in the buttery, fruity aromas and on the palate, with flavours of orange and stone fruit.

96 Points, John Schreiner

It is perfectly balanced. It's not as sharp and as lively as some, but it seems sturdier and more evolved than many.

94 Points, Robert Parker

The nose is a lovely floral affair with threads of wet stone and mineral mixed with ripe, tropical melons and citrus. The palate is equally intense, with nectarine and orange marmalade, and a dash of exotic litchi fruit.

94 Points, Anthony Gismondi

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