Ripe and fruity with notes of honey, ripe pineapple, butterscotch and notes of toast. On the palate it is rich but refreshing with flavours of yellow apple, crème brulée and light minerality. The finish is long with savoury notes refreshing the palate.Download Notes
VQA Niagara Peninsula
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BRIX AT HARVEST
Serve chilled with rich seafood such as pasta with lobster and fennel cream sauce. Let the glass warm up a bit for further complexities to develop.
The grapes for our Chardonnay 2019 come from select vineyards located in the Niagara Peninsula appellation. They were hand harvested in late September and early October and immediately full-cluster pressed, then fermented and aged in French oak barrels of a variety of sizes (225L, 400L and 500L) and a variety of ages, averaging 10% new oak. After rigorous tasting, Jean-Pierre Colas decided on the final blend and bottled the wine in early July 2020 following light fining and filtration.
After a fairly cold winter, mild weather began in March but it was some time until real warm weather began, giving the growing season a slow and wet start. The summer was quite warm and allowed for full phenolic maturity in all varieties. Harvest started in the second week of September for sparkling and was quickly followed by early ripening whites such as Pinot Gris, followed by Chardonnay and Riesling at the end of September and early October. The temperatures were mild but a bit wet so Pinot Noir and Gamay were also harvested early October followed by Cabernet Franc in late October. There was a snow storm in mid November so yields were reduced on Cabernet Sauvignon which was harvested in late November. The quality of the grapes was very good to excellent with high acidity and concentrated flavours throughout the portfolio. Wines should have the capacity to age for the medium to long term.
John Szabo, MS, WineAlgin
Clean, subtle, still fairly closed on the nose, 13th Street's 2019 chardonnay is mid-weight, firm and well-balanced wine with minimal oak interference, mostly fresh orchard fruit, white and yellow fleshed. Acids are bright and length and depth are good to very good. A livelier style all in all, for current enjoyment or short term hold. Tasted October 2020.
Sara d'Amato, WineAlign
A compelling chardonnay with a notable degree of freshness. The spice and oak are keenly integrated on the palate. Well balanced, bright, charming and clean with good length.Tasted October 2020.