2020 Chardonnay | Niagara Peninsula

$ 16.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
This wine originates from selected vineyards in the western stretches of the Niagara Peninsula, lying at varying elevations close to the shoreline of Lake Ontario. At these sites, clay-loam soils laced with shale and limestone combine with moderating onshore breezes to create a refined style of Chardonnay with vivid fruit character and mineral texture.
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.
Varieties65% Chardonnay, 35% Chardonnay Musqué
Estate Grown 52%
AppellationNiagara Peninsula
Site52% Beamsville Bench, 48% Lincoln Lakeshore
Elevation80–155 m (260–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure2–6% / NNW
Beamsville Bench Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone mixed with sandstone and shale Lincoln Lakeshore Lacustrine clay-loam till composed of red shale, sandstone and limestone
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Oct 14
Sugar 22.0º Brix
Titratable Acidity 8.4 g/L
pH 3.34
Yield 4.25 mt/ac (79 hl/ha)
Fermented 90% in tank and 10% in neutral, 225L and 500L French oak barrels using 80% indigenous and 20% selected yeasts; all lots aged 6 months sur lie; 15% of the cuvée underwent malolactic fermentation.
Bottling Data
Bottling Date July 2020
Alc./Vol 13.0%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 6.9 g/L
pH 3.34
Production 3,700 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Medium yellow. Nose Aromas of lemon meringue, vanilla bean, Asian pear and tangerine over hints of candle wax and musk. Palate Medium bodied with extracted citrus pulp flavours and spicy nuances up front; the middle is dense yet supple, with a core of orange and apple fruit, round edges and a stony underpinning; delicate, saline acidity brings tension and lustre throughout; the finish is plush, with generous marmalade and melon overtones alongside notes of fresh dairy, ginger and almond.
Best consumed 2022 through 2025; will hold through at least 2027
Food Pairings
Poached salmon with cream sauce, pan-fried shellfish, Cornish hen, roasted chicken, pork with apples, quinoa-stuffed butternut squash
Winery, LCBO • 228551

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