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2015 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:
84% Chardonnay, 16% Chardonnay Musqué 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 12 - Oct. 7
Sugar- 21.4 Brix
Titratable Acidity- 6.8 g/L
pH- 3.42
Yield- 3.5 tonnes/acres (61 hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
Fermented 75% in stainless steel and 25% in neutral French oak barriques and puncheons using selected yeast strains; 6 months ageing sur lie in tank and barrel; 25% malolactic fermentation overall. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- Oct-Nov 2016
Alc./Vol. - 13.5 %
Residual Sugar- 2 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.9 g/L
pH- 3.40
Production- 2,730 cs (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
The nose offers aromas of red apple, tangerine and spice along with a hint of butterscotch. Dry and medium bodied, the palate starts off with a crisp citrus-rind quality, followed by juicy honeydew melon fruit and a firm, stony feel in the middle. Well rounded on the edges throughout, a discrete seam of acidity brightens the wine, lingering along with notes of green apple, ginger and cinnamon on the finish. 
 
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:
Best consumed 2017 through 2019; will hold through 2021 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$15.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#228551)
LCBO Item #228551
 
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