2020 Chardonnay Musqué | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 21.95 • 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.
2020 was a warm, dry vintage with low-to-moderate yields and highly concentrated fruit. Chardonnay ripened early, delivering weighty, crisply structured wines with medium-to-long-term ageing potential.
Varieties100% Chardonnay Musqué
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 21, Nov 4
Sugar 23.0º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.7 g/L
pH 3.45
Yield 2.7 mt/ac (50 hl/ha)
Skin contact for 16 hours prior to pressing; fermented 60% in stainless steel and 40% in neutral oak over 4 weeks; overall, 75% indigenous and 25% selected yeast fermentation; all lots aged sur lie for 7 months
Bottling Data
Bottling Date July 2021
Alc./Vol 14.0%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity 7.4 g/L
pH 3.52
Production 685 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Light gold. Nose Concentrated, perfumed aromas of orange blossom, tangerine, vanilla bean and ginger, backed by notes of pear and allspice. Palate Dry, very full bodied and unctuous in texture; up front it is round and supple with lively acidity; the mid-palate is brawny and intense, with flavours of honeycomb, toasted almond and walnuts, balanced by a steely, lime-citrus tone; the finish is dry, broad and robust, with lengthy overtones of grapefruit peel, flax seed and menthol.
Best consumed 2022 through 2025; 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's or sheep's milk cheese
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