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2016 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:
86% Beamsville Bench, 14% Creek Shores  
 
Soil:
Escarpment Benchlands - limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale  
 
Composition:
81% Chardonnay, 19% Chardonnay Musqué 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 25 - Oct. 15
Sugar- 21.5 Brix
Titratable Acidity- 6.4 g/L
pH- 3.51
Yield- 4 tonnes/acre 
 
Vinification:
85% stainless steel fermentation with 8 months on light lees, 15% barrel fermented in old French oak with 4 months lees stirring, 5% indigenous yeast fermentation, no malo-lactic fermentation 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- August 2017
Alc./Vol. - 13.5 %
Residual Sugar- 2 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.3 g/L
pH- 3.69
Production- 5,555 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:
Best consumed 2018 through 2020; will hold through 2022 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$15.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#228551)
LCBO Item #228551
 
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