2018 Chardonnay Dolomite

VQA Niagara Escarpment
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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:
100% Beamsville Bench  
 
Soil:
Beamsville Bench – limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale  
 
Composition:
80% Chardonnay, 20% Chardonnay Musqué 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 20 - Oct. 5
Sugar- 20.9º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.45 g/L
pH- 3.43
Yield- 2.05 tonnes/acres  
 
Vinification:
Fermentation occurred 80% in stainless steel tanks and 20% in older French oak barriques and puncheons. The barrel portion was lees stirred twice a month for six months undergoing full Malo-lactic fermentation.  A portion of the wine was fermented using indigenous yeast. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- July 2019
Alc./Vol. - 13.5 %
Residual Sugar- 2 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.1 g/L
pH- 3.64
Production- 572 cs (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
On the nose, aromas of orange blossom, honeycomb, ginger and cinnamon upfront with undertones of Bosc Pear and freshly sliced Cantaloupe. The palate is juicy and round up front with notes of ripe papaya. The mid-palate is saline in character with a mineral texture and notes of wet stone. The finish has beautiful notes of blood orange and all-spice that linger and fill the palate for long after the last sip. 
 
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 2020 and 2022. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$17.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery only
LCBO Item #902610
 
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