- APPELLATION : VQA Creek Shores
- VINEYARD(S): June’s Vineyard
- GRAPE VARIETY(IES) : 100% Chardonnay
- BRIX AT HARVEST: 21.8
- ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.0%
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3 grams/Litre
One of the most vibrant Chardonnays from June’s Vineyard, the nose is bright with notes of citrus fruit and light minerality. The palate is dry with refreshing notes of lemon and cream. Drink now alongside a plate of freshly shucked oysters, delicate white-fleshed fish, or enjoy on its own as an aperitif.
Now in its sixth vintage, the Chardonnay from June’s Vineyard has developed a consistent mineral-driven personality that is best coaxed out by careful manual harvesting and fermentation and aging in 100% stainless steel, with full malolactic fermentation. Similar to 2014, 2015 was also a small harvest, but the grapes were in perfect condition so no sorting was required prior to pressing. Following fermentation, the wine was kept in contact with its fine lees for 6 months prior to bottling in spring 2016.
The winter of 2014/2015 can best be described as extreme with some of the coldest prolonged periods on record throughout the Niagara Peninsula, damaging buds across varieties leading to a naturally low yield for the 2015 vintage. The cold lasted well into early spring which led to a relatively late bud-burst. Luckily once the summer finally started it was warm , sunny and relatively dry. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for even ripening across all varieties. With the naturally low yields from the winter cold, the wines from the vintage show great concentration and varietal correctness, with typical Niagara acidity and freshness, leading to very high quality wines across the portfolio, though produced in extremely limited quantities.
Wine ReviewsJamie Goode — www.wineanorak.com
"100% stainless steel ferment. Lovely fruit focus to this wine, with some tangerine and pear. Bright with a fresh stony finish. Very clean and pure. 90/100"