2019 Chardonnay Musqué | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 17.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
Made from the unique Musqué clone of Chardonnay, this wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a hillside of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario known as the Beamsville Bench. Along these gentle slopes, limestone-clay soil and moderating onshore breezes deliver a wine with the generous palate and spicy overtones that are the clone’s hallmark.
2019 was a temperate vintage with normal heat, precipitation and yield levels. Chardonnay ripened on time, delivering precise, generously textured wines with medium to long-term potential.
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 Oct. 25–26
Sugar 22.9º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.4 g/L
pH 3.39
Yield 4.0 mt/ac (74 hl/ha)
Skin contact for 12 hours prior to pressing; fermented in stainless steel using selected yeast; aged on the fine lees 50% in tank and 50% in neutral 225L and 500L French oak barrels for 6 months
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Aug 2020
Alc./Vol 13.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity 6.6 g/L
pH 3.44
Production 290 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Light yellow. Nose Intense aromas of spice, orange blossom, Meyer lemon, musk and pine needle, backed by ripe tangerine and pear fruit. Palate Dry and very full in body; round and supple up front, with a note of grapefriuit essence; the mid-palate is viscous yet precise, driven by concentrated yellow citrus fruit and the clone's muscat-spice accents; a rich, explosive, lingering finish of orange marmalade, lemon curd and lime is tempered by a gentle, saline acidity and hints of crushed stone.
Best consumed 2022 through 2024; will hold through at least 2027
Food Pairings
Root vegetable soups, fish paella, pan-roasted or grilled lemon chicken, halibut or sea bass, vegan pad thai, firm cow or sheep's milk cheese
Vintages Release • 246579

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