Little Pawn comes off the Okanagan Highlands foothills of the Black Sage Bench, just southeast of the town of Oliver, the Barn blocks were planted in 1999 on a west-facing plateau. The porous nature of this soil produces low-yielding, small grape clusters with highly concentrated flavour. The vineyard has a warm, west-facing tilt and is planted to a mix of clones: Dijon 76 and the Dekleva selection all grown with precision vertical shoot positioning at 374 to 380 meters above sea level. It’s a singular micro‐terroir of fine‐grained sands with a very low capacity to hold moisture. The yields are low, the clusters small but the fruit has a beautiful, floral aspect with silky textures. The combination with aromatic, spicy, chardonnay fruit is an elegant feminine version of chardonnay replete with a creamy mineral finish. Impressive. There’s no filtering here so the wine is not super clear, but the upside is a very impressive array flavours that tend to fatten up with age and in 2014 that seems certain albeit with a certain elegance and lots of length. Production was 19 barrels.