2016 Chardonnay Estate | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 19.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
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.
2016 was an extremely warm, dry and ripe vintage with moderate yields. While plush and open-knit upon release, the Chardonnay possess the acidity to ensure medium- to long-term ageability.
Varieties100% Chardonnay
Estate Grown 100%
AppellationBeamsville Bench
SiteCave Spring Vineyard
Elevation125–155 m (410–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% / NNW
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock; depth ranges from 4 to 8 m
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Oct. 4–12
Sugar 21.9º Brix
Titratable Acidity 4.6 g/L
pH 3.49
Yield 3.5 mt/ac (65 hl/ha)
Fermented 50% in tank and 50% in 225L and 500L French oak barrels (20% new) with selected and indigenous yeasts; partial malolactic fementation; all lots aged 12 months sur lie
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Oct 2018
Alc./Vol 13.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity 5.3 g/L
pH 3.67
Production 1,385 cs
Sensory Profile
The nose is a cornucopia of tropical and orchard fruit, including pineapple, coconut, blood orange and red apple, with hints of vanilla. 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 texture. The finish is crisp, polished and very persistent, with lasting notes of toast and spice.
Best consumed 2018 through 2023; will continue to develop through at least 2026
Food Pairings
Crispy shrimp, crab-stuffed ravioli, smoked or poached salmon, grilled sea bass, pan-seared halibut, roast capon, blanquette de veau
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