2018 Chardonnay | Niagara Peninsula

$ 15.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
It has long been known that Chardonnay finds its truest expression in cool climates with limestone-rich soils. This wine was crafted from selected sites in our region where hillside exposure, moderating breezes from Lake Ontario and limestone clays combine to deliver a freshness and vitality unique to the terroir of the Niagara Peninsula.
Vintage
2018 was a warm vintage with ample precipitation and low yields. Chardonnay ripened fully, delivering supple wines with moderate acidity and excellent long-term ageing potential.
Composition
VarietiesChardonnay
Estate Grown 40%
Origin
AppellationNiagara Peninsula
Site70% Lincoln Lakeshore, 30% Beamsville Bench
Topography
Elevation80–155 m (260–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure2–6% / NNW
Soil
Lincoln Lakeshore Lacustrine clay-loam till composed of red shale, sandstone and limestone Beamsville Bench Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone mixed with sandstone and shale
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Sep 24–Oct 5
Sugar 21.0º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.7 g/L
pH 3.39
Yield 4.25 mt/ac (79 hl/ha)
Vinification
Fermented 95% in tank using selected yeasts and 5% in neutral 225L and 500L French oak barrels using indigenous yeasts; 5% malolactic fementation overall; aged for 8 months sur lie
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Jul 2019
Alc./Vol 13.0%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 6.5 g/L
pH 3.59
Production 3,200 cs
Sensory Profile
Pale straw in colour with a fragrant nose of ripe red apple, sage, vanilla bean and pastry over top nuances of grapefruit, honeysuckle and nutmeg. Dry and medium bodied, the palate is round and supple up front, leading to a tightly structured, stony mid-palate with hints of savoury herbs. Delicate acidity provides tension, carrying richly extracted citrus rind green apple flavours along with hints of fresh dairy long on the finish.
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
Winery, LCBO • 228551

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