Medium gold in colour with integrated aromas of toffee, baked pear, roasted pecans, pineapple, brown sugar, and baked apple. Midweight on the palate with a rich texture and flavourful finish.
Gently pressed, each lot of Chardonnay was cold settled in stainless steel, then racked into barrel. Barrel-fermented at warm temperatures, followed by a full malo-lactic fermentation in barrel. Kept on heavy lees, which were stirred occasionally up until final racking from barrel. The final barrel selection combined wines from two mature plantings of Chardonnay vines, both close to the shore of Lake Ontario – our Tufford Road Vineyard (50%), and the Hunter Vineyard (50%). The barrels selected for the final blend were all French oak, with a quarter of the barrels undergoing a natural (or “wild”) fermentation. The individual barrels selected were combined after eight months in barrel, filtered and bottled.
Cooperage: 100% French Oak
Residual Sugar: 3.0g/l (sugar code=0)
Appellation: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Drinking best between 2012 and 2015
September 1, 2012
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