2018 Chardonnay Estate | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 19.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a hillside of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, known as the Beamsville Bench. Vinified partly in barrel from among our oldest, lowest yielding vines, it retains the clarity of fruit and mineral nuances that Chardonnay from our estate is renowned for.
2018 was a warm vintage with ample precipitation and low yields. Chardonnay ripened fully, delivering supple wines with moderate acidity and excellent long-term ageing potential.
Varieties100% Chardonnay
Estate Grown 100%
AppellationBeamsville Bench
SiteCave Spring Vineyard
Elevation125–155 m (410–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% NNW
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock; depth ranges from 4 to 8 m
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Sep 20–Oct. 5
Sugar 21.0º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.1 g/L
pH 3.39
Yield 2.5 mt/ac (46 hl/ha)
Fermented 60% in neutral 225L and 500L French oak barrels, 15% in new 225L French oak barrels and 25% in tank using primarily indigenous yeasts; partial malolactic fementation; all lots aged 12 months on the lees
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Oct 2019
Alc./Vol 13.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity 5.7 g/L
pH 3.65
Production 1,300 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Medium straw yellow. Nose Aromas of red apple, vanilla bean, fresh cream and clementine, with cinnamon and clove in behind. Palate Dry and full bodied, with a plush, distinctly mineral attack; the mid-palate shows seamless integration of acidity, extract and body; while rich, the palate is precise and well defined throughout; a delicate salinity provides lift and clarity to the wine's weighty, persistent finish.
Best consumed 2021 through 2025; will develop through at least 2026, and hold well beyond
Food Pairings
Crispy shrimp, crab-stuffed ravioli, grilled tempeh with roasted cauliflower, pan-seared halibut, roast capon, blanquette de veau
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