2016 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 32 to 38 years. 
 
Soil:
Stony, limestone-rich clay till overlying shale and sandstone.  
 
Composition:
100% Chardonnay 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Oct. 4 - 12
Sugar- 21.9º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 6.4 g/L
pH- 3.49
Yield- 3.5 tonnes/acre  
 
Vinification:
Fermented 50% in tank, 30% in old French oak and 20% in new French oak using 80% selected and 20% indigenous yeasts; barrel regime included puncheons and barriques; all lots remained sur lie for 12 months, fermentation included; 35% of the cuvée underwent malolactic fermentation 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- Oct. 2017
Alc./Vol. 13.5%
Residual Sugar- 2 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.25 g/L
pH- 3.67
Production- 1385 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 2025.. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$18.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, Vintages (LCBO# 256552)
LCBO Item #256552
 
Reviews & Accolades:
WINE ALIGN: This is a quite fine, elegant lighter style of chardonnay with well meshed apple, spice and citrus front and centre, and oak well in the background - a style Ontario can do well, and should do more often. It is very well balanced and well fruited with a hint of sweetness upfront but a dry clean finish. Very good length. Tasted June 2018; 89 points; David Lawrason
 

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