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2014 Chardonnay Estate

VQA Beamsville Bench
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About This Wine:
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a hillside of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario known as the Beamsville Bench. Vinified partly in barriques from some of our oldest, lowest yielding vines, it retains the clarity of fruit and mineral nuances that Chardonnay from our estate is renowned for. 
 
Origin:
Three parcels of Chardonnay at Cave Spring Vineyard, ranging in age from 30 to 36 years. 
 
Soil:
Stony, limestone-rich clay till overlying shale and sandstone.  
 
Composition:
90% Chardonnay, 10% Chardonnay Musqué 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 6 - Oct. 23
Sugar- 21º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.87 g/L
pH- 3.30
Yield- 4.4 tonnes/acre  
 
Vinification:
Fermented 25% in stainless steel and 75% in a mix of new and older French oak, with the barrel-fermented component aged for 10 months. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- Nov. 2015
Alc./Vol. 13%
Residual Sugar- 2 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.45 g/L
pH- 3.52
Production- 570 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
The nose is a cornucopia of tropical and orchard fruit, including pineapple, coconut, blood orange and red apple, with hints of vanilla in the mix. The palate is very integrated from start to finish, with bright citrus and melon fruit and tingly acidity elegantly woven into the wine's stony, mineral textures. The finish is very persistent, with lasting notes of toast and spice. Overall, this vintage is notable for its combination of exhuberant fruit, power and finesse. 
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
New England clam chowder, smoked or poached salmon; seafood risotto; pasta Carbonara; roast capon; veal Saltimboca; wine-braised rabbit 
 
Ageability:
This powerful yet subtle Chardonnay drinks beautifully on release, yet will reward patience with many years of cellaring, easily holding until 2022. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$18.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, Vintages (LCBO# 256552)
LCBO Item #256552
 
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