2018 Chardonnay

VQA Niagara Peninsula
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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:
70 % Lincoln Lakeshore, 30% Beamsville Bench  
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone mixed with sandstone and shale Lincoln Lakeshore Lacustrine clay-loam till composed primiarily of red shale and sandstone mixed with limestone  
 
Composition:
95% Chardonnay, 5% Riesling 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 24 - Oct. 5
Sugar- 21 ºBrix
Titratable Acidity- 7.7 g/L
pH- 3.39
Yield- 4 tonnes/acre 
 
Vinification:
Fermented 95% in tank using selected yeasts and 5% in neutral 225L and 500L French oak barrels using indigenous yeasts; 5% malolactic fermentation overall; aged for 8 months sur lie 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- July 2019
Alc./Vol. - 13 %
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.5 g/L
pH- 3.59
Production- 3,200 cs (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
Pale straw in colour with a fragrant nose of ripe red apple, sage, vanilla bean and pastry over top nuances of grapefruit, honeysuckle and nutmeg. Dry and medium bodied, the palate is round and supple up front, leading to a tightly structured, stony mid-palate with hints of savoury herbs. Delicate acidity provides tension, carrying richly extracted citrus rind green apple flavours along with hints of fresh dairy long on the finish. 
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
Poached salmon with cream sauce, pan-fried shellfish, Cornish hen, roasted chicken, pork with apples, quinoa-stuffed butternut squash 
 
Ageability:
Best consumed 2020 through 2022; will hold through at least 2025 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$15.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, LCBO Wines (#228551)
LCBO Item #228551
 
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