2017 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 among our oldest, lowest yielding vines, it retains the clarity of fruit and mineral nuances that Chardonnay from our estate is renowned for.
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.
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. 3–30
Sugar 20.7º Brix
Titratable Acidity 8.6 g/L
pH 3.37
Yield 3.5 mt/ac (65 hl/ha)
Fermented 60% in tank and 40% in 225L and 500L French oak barrels (20% new) using selected and indigenous yeast; partial malolactic fementation; all lots aged 10 months sur lie
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Oct 2018
Alc./Vol 13.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity 6.8 g/L
pH 3.62
Production 845 cs
Sensory Profile
Ripe apple, butterscotch and mandarin orange come to the fore on the nose, with notes of clove, ginger, honeysuckle and mineral in behind. The palate is dry and full bodied with a crisp, succulent attack. In the middle, ripe pear fruit is cradled by generous caramel flavours. The wine's stony underpinning and crisp acidity is omnipresent, bringing lustre to an intense, full-flavoured finish of apple custard, nougat and allspice
Best consumed 2019 through 2022; will continue to develop through at least 2023
Food Pairings
Crispy shrimp, crab-stuffed ravioli, grilled tempeh with roasted cauliflower, pan-seared halibut, roast capon, blanquette de veau
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