2018 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:
Cave Spring Vineyard 
 
Soil:
Stony, limestone-rich clay till overlying shale and sandstone.  
 
Composition:
100% Chardonnay 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 20 - Oc. 5
Sugar- 21º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.1 g/L
pH- 3.39
Yield- 2.5 mt/ac  
 
Vinification:
Fermented 75% in 225L and 500L French oak barrels (20% new) and 25% in tank using primarily indigenous yeasts; partial malolactic fementation; all lots aged 12 months on the lees  
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- Oct. 2019
Alc./Vol. 13.5%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.7 g/L
pH- 3.65
Production- 1,300 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
Aromas of red apple, vanilla bean, fresh cream and clementine greet the nose, with cinnamon and clove in behind. The palate dry and full bodied, with a plush, distinctly mineral attack and mid-palate showing seamless integration of acidity, extract and body. Rich, precise and well defined throughout, a delicate salinity emerges to lift the wine's round, supple feel, giving freshness to the wine's persistent, velvety finish.  
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
Crispy shrimp, crab-stuffed ravioli, grilled tempeh with roasted cauliflower, pan-seared halibut, roast capon, blanquette de veau 
 
Ageability:
Best consumed 2020 through 2023; will continue to develop through at least 2025  
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$19.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery, Vintages (LCBO# 256552)
LCBO Item #256552
 
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