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2015 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 31 to 37 years. 
 
Soil:
Stony, limestone-rich clay till overlying shale and sandstone.  
 
Composition:
100% Chardonnay 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 27 - Oct. 7
Sugar- 21.5º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.35 g/L
pH- 3.43
Yield- 3.5 tonnes/acre  
 
Vinification:
Fermented 60% in stainless steel and 40% in a mix of new and older French oak using a mix of selected and indigenous yeast. The barrel-fermented component was aged for 10 months sur lie. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- Oct. 2016
Alc./Vol. 13.5%
Residual Sugar- 2 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.55 g/L
pH- 3.52
Production- 855 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
Tropical aromas of pineapple and papaya and a pronounced toastiness shine through on the nose, with hints of pear, spice and crushed stones in behind. Crisp and citrusy up front, the palate is rich in extract, underpinned by our Estate’s signature stoniness in the middle. The combination of body and acidity carries notes of spice, toast and minerals long on the finish. Overall, the precision, focus and intensity of fruit in this vintage make for a remarkably Chablis-like Chardonnay. 
 
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 2024. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$18.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, Vintages (LCBO#) 256552
LCBO Item #256552
 
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