2017 Chardonnay Dolomite

VQA Niagara Escarpment
Buy This Wine
 
About This Wine:
This wine is named after a layer of dolomitic limestone that form the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has enriched the soils of the 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 its signature. 
 
Origin:
96% Beamsville Bench, 4% Lincoln Lakeshore  
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench – limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale Lincoln Lakeshore Loamy clay till composed primarily of red shale and sandstone mixed with limestone  
 
Composition:
90% Chardonnay, 8% Riesling, 2% Chardonnay Musqué 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 18 - Nov. 17
Sugar- 20.8º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 8 g/L
pH- 3.41
Yield- 4.2 tonnes/acres (75 hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
Fermentation occurred 25 % in stainless steel tanks and 75 % in older French oak barriques and puncheons. The barrel portion was lees stirred twice a month for four months. Partial Malo-lactic fermentation.  30% of the wine was fermented using indigenous yeast. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- Sept. 2018
Alc./Vol. - 13.5 %
Residual Sugar- 4.7 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.6 g/L
pH- 3.62
Production- 572 cs (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
On the nose, aromas of ripe red apple, pear and milled grains predominate, with scents of dried orange peel and toast in behind. The palate is medium in body with a round and expansive palate accented by rich flavours of Mutsu apple and mandarin orange. A delicate seam of acidity weaves intense citrus zest fruit and mineral nuances into a persistent and refreshing 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:
Ready for consumption on release, this wine is at its best between 2019 and 2021. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$17.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery only
LCBO Item #902610
 
Reviews & Accolades:
 

Wine Portfolio

White
Riesling
VQA Niagara Peninsula
VQA Niagara Peninsula
VQA Niagara Escarpment
VQA Beamsville Bench
VQA Beamsville Bench
VQA Beamsville Bench
VQA Beamsville Bench
 

Chardonnay
VQA Niagara Peninsula
VQA Niagara Escarpment
VQA Beamsville Bench
VQA Beamsville Bench
 

Gewürztraminer
VQA Beamsville Bench
 

Pinot Gris
VQA Niagara Peninsula
 

 
Red
Pinot Noir
VQA Beamsville Bench
VQA Niagara Escarpment
VQA Niagara Escarpment
 

Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Peninsula
VQA Beamsville Bench
VQA Niagara Escarpment
VQA Beamsville Bench
 

Gamay
VQA Niagara Escarpment
 
 
Rosé
VQA Niagara Peninsula
 
 
Sparkling
VQA Beamsville Bench
VQA Beamsville Bench
VQA Niagara Escarpment
 
 
Sweet
VQA Lincoln Lakeshore
VQA Niagara Peninsula
VQA Niagara Peninsula
 
 
International Riesling FoundationVQA Ontario logo