2017 Chardonnay | Niagara Peninsula

$ 17.35 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
It has long been known that the Chardonnay grape finds its truest expression in cool climates with limestone-rich soils. This wine originates from selected sites in our region where hillside exposure, moderating breezes rom Lake Ontario and limestone clays combine to deliver a freshness and vitality true to the terroir of the Niagara Peninsula.
Vintage
2017 was marked by a cool growing season and sunny, dry fall allowing for extended ripening. The Chardonnays are delicate yet very expressive, with potential for medium-term development.
Composition
VarietiesChardonnay
Estate Grown 65%
Origin
AppellationNiagara Peninsula
Site60% Beamsville Bench, 30% Four Mile Creek, 10% Lincoln Lakeshore
Topography
Elevation80–155 m (260–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure2–6% / NNW
Soil
Beamsville Bench Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone mixed with sandstone and shale Lincoln Lakeshore/Four Mile Creek Lacustrine clay-loam till composed of red shale, sandstone and limestone
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Sep 25–Nov 17
Sugar 21.1º Brix
Titratable Acidity 8.6 g/L
pH 3.38
Yield 4.0 mt/ac (74 hl/ha)
Vinification
Fermented 90% in tank and 10% in old 225L French oak barrels using selected and indigenous yeasts; partial malolactic fementation; aged for 8 months on fine lees
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Aug 2018
Alc./Vol 13.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 6.5 g/L
pH 3.61
Production 4,500 cs
Sensory Profile
The nose is quite perfumed, with aromas of ripe red apple, nutmeg, cinnamon and pastry at the fore and notes of fresh herbs and flint in behind. Dry and medium bodied, the palate is full and round up front, with a stony texture and juicy pear fruit in the middle. The wine's mineral core draws into a crisp, succulent finish of ripe apricot and hints of roasted nuts.
Ageability
Best consumed 2019 through 2022; will hold through at least 2024
Food Pairings
Poached salmon with cream sauce, pan-fried shellfish, Cornish hen, roasted chicken, pork with apples, quinoa-stuffed butternut squash
Availability
SAQ Spécialité • 13216450

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