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.
A single block of 16-year-old vines at Cave Spring Vineyard
Stony, limestone-rich clay and clay loam till overlying shale and sandstone.
100% Chardonnay Musqué
Harvest Date- Sept. 27
Sugar- 21.6º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.95 g/L
Yield- 4.9 tonnes/acre (69 hl/ha)
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 Date- May 2016
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.3 g/L
Production- 830 cs. (9L)
The nose offers exotic aromas of pineapple, papaya, mandarin and orange blossom along with Muscat-spice, lemon-citrus and mineral nuances. The palate verges on being full-bodied, with generous textures and juicy stone fruits, including peach and yellow plum. Sweet, pink grapefruit and orange peel are abundant in the middle, while a stony feel beneath ties the palate together and leads to a nervy, bright and spicy finish.
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)
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:
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