- APPELLATION: VQA Niagara Peninsula
- VINEYARD(S): 88% Viscek Vineyard, 12% June’s Vineyard
- GRAPE VARIETY(IES): 100% Chardonnay
- BRIX AT HARVEST: 21.4
- ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.%
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3 grams
Fresh and fruity with notes of pineapple and passionfruit supported by soft, toasty oak. Medium-bodied on the palate with tropical fruit flavours and notes of caramel. The finish is long with savoury notes refreshing the palate.
Serve chilled with rich creamy pasta dishes or chicken with mushroom sauce. Let the glass warm up a bit for further complexities to develop.
The grapes for our Chardonnay 2016 come from our neighbor Lado Viscek’s vineyard as well as our estate June’s Vineyard, both located in the Creek Shores sub-appellation. Both were harvested in late September and immediately crushed and fermented. Those from Viscek Vineyard were 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. The grapes from June’s Vineyard were fermented and aged in stainless steel. After rigorous tasting, Jean-Pierre Colas decided on the final blend and bottled the wine in early August 2017 following light fining and filtration.
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Wine ReviewsAndre Proulx — AndreWineReview.ca
"4 STARS: There is a symphony of fruit on the nose of this bottle with melon, apple and honey. There is nice texture to this wine and it blooms open with all the fruit from the nose and then it’s met with vanilla and spice. Vanilla and spice are very well restrained and let the fruit notes take front and centre here. The spice note does linger for a while on the finish."