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2014 Chardonnay

VQA Niagara Escarpment
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About This Wine:
It has long been known that the Chardonnay grape finds its truest expression in cool climates with limestone-rich soils. This wine originates from hillside vineyards along the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, where chalk-laced clays, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes combine to deliver a freshness and vitality true to this classic variety. 
 
Origin:
100% Beamsville Bench  
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench – limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale  
 
Composition:
80% Chardonnay, 20% Chardonnay Musqué 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 9 - 23
Sugar- 20.8º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 8.23 g/L
pH- 3.27
Yield- 4.4 tonnes/acres  
 
Vinification:
Fermentation occurred 72 % in stainless steel tanks and 28% in oak barrels with a partial Malo-lactic fermentation. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- Jan/Feb 2016
Alc./Vol. - 13 %
Residual Sugar- 2 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.30 g/L
pH- 3.45
Production- 6,200 cs (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
On the nose, aromas of ripe red apple, pear, grapefruit and tangerine jump to the fore, with nuances of vanilla and butterscotch in behind. Dry, medium bodied and very approachable in style, the palate is round and creamy up front, followed by rich, mineral textures and juicy Gala apple fruit, neatly woven together by a delicate seam of citrus acidity. The apple-mineral core persists with terrific intensity on the finish, discretely cushioned by a light hint of oak.  
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
Grilled or poached salmon with cream sauce; pan-fried shellfish; chicken pot pie; cheese casseroles; stuffed Cornish hen; lemon-roasted chicken; pork with apples. 
 
Ageability:
Extremely fresh and bursting with fruit in its youth, this vintage promises to develop greater subtlety and complexity with a couple of years of bottle age, and will be at its best between 2016 - 2019. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$15.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#228551)
LCBO Item #228551
 
Reviews & Accolades:
WINE ALIGN: 2014 was a tough vintage so a leaner version of this wine in not unexpected. It is a very lightly oaked chardonnay with delicate aromas of apple fruit with mineral and lemon citrus tones. It is soft and smooth on the palate with delicate flavours and quite sinewy, though it is well balanced with very good length. Try with shellfish. Tasted May 2016. Steve Thurlow
 

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