About This Wine:
This wine is named after a layer of dolomitic limestone forming the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the Escarpment benchlands below. Grown in selected vineyards along these gentle slopes, this Chardonnay bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of these sites contribute to the citrus character and stony nuances that are this wine’s hallmark.
100% Beamsville Bench
Beamsville Bench – limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale
76% Chardonnay, 24% Chardonnay Musqué
Harvest Date- Oct. 9 - 23
Sugar- 20.9º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 8.14 g/L
Yield- 4.4 tonnes/acres (70 hl/ha)
Fermentation occurred 67% in stainless steel tanks and 33% in older French oak barriques and puncheons with a partial Malolactic fermentation.
Bottling Date- February 2016
Alc./Vol. - 13 %
Residual Sugar- 2 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.6 g/L
Production- 572cs (9L)
The nose is subtle, showing beautifully integrated notes of vanilla, oak, green melon and a hints of fresh butter. Medium in body, the palate opens with spicy oak, followed by notes of ripe apples, nuts and white flowers, underpinned by a cool, stony texture. Typical of the vintage on our Escarpment sites, there is a lingering anise-black licorice character on the finish. This vintage of Chardonnay Dolomite stands out for its seamless integration and overall refinement.
Grilled or poached salmon with cream sauce; pan-fried shellfish; chicken pot pie; cheese casseroles; stuffed Cornish hen; lemon-roasted chicken; pork with apples.
Ready for consumption on release, this wine is at its best between 2016 and 2018.
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