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2015 Chardonnay Musqué 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. Made from the unique Musqué clone of Chardonnay, it was vinified in stainless steel to preserve the fragrant aromas and spicy muscat-like overtones that are the clone’s hallmark. 
 
Origin:
A single block of 16-year-old vines at Cave Spring Vineyard  
 
Soil:
Stony, limestone-rich clay and clay loam till overlying shale and sandstone. 
 
Composition:
100% Chardonnay Musqué 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 27
Sugar- 21.6º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.95 g/L
pH- 3.41
Yield- 4.9 tonnes/acre (69 hl/ha) 
 
Vinification:
Cool fermentation in stainless steel, with malolactic fermentation inhibited, to preserve this clone’s aromatics and acidity. CLONE: The Musqué clone, native to southern Burgundy, is known for its spicy, muscat-like flavours. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- May 2016
Alc./Vol. 13.5%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.3 g/L
pH- 3.50
Production- 830 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
Muscat-tinged orange-blossom aromas dominate, with a cocktail of Delicious apple, blood orange, melon and pear in behind. The palate is refreshing yet full and viscous, with crisp apple fruit up front giving way to a round, oily middle palate reminiscent of pear preserve. The finish remains soft and smooth, punctuated by varietal traits of Muscat-spice and closing with a pleasing, slightly bitter note of orange peel that lends vivacity. 
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
Root vegetable soup; fish paella; bouillabaisse; pan-roasted or grilled grouper, halibut or sea bass; sweet and sour pork; pasta primavera with olive oil; firm cow or sheep milk cheese (e.g., Appenzeller, Jarlsberg, Gouda) 
 
Ageability:
Best appreciated in the first 3 years from vintage for it’s powerful, one-of-a-kind aromatics and generous yet crisply balanced mouth feel. 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$16.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery Only, LCBO Vintages (#246579)
LCBO Item #246579
 
Reviews & Accolades:
WINE ALIGN: An open and fragrant, clean and floral, highly inviting example of the musqué clone of chardonnay from Cave Spring here in 2014. The palate is light-med-bodied, brightly sharp and saliva-inducing, free from any oak influence, in a comfortable space between neutral and aromatic whites. Highly versatile; ready to drink. Tasted January 2016. Value Rating: **1/2. 88 points. John Szabo
 

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