2013 Tête de Cuvée
The vines for the 2013 Tête de Cuvée Chardonnay were meticulously maintained to showcase our Beamsville Bench terroir. All grape bunches were exposed to sunlight at fruit set by removing shading leaves on the East side and partially on the West side of the canopy to maximise ripening. Green Harvesting- the removal of under ripe bunches - was performed at the first sign of colour change in berries from green to gold. This is known as veraison. A healthy 37.9 hL per hectare was harvested (2.3 tonnes per acre) in 2013. Vine age ranges from 15-37 years.
All fruit was hand picked, sorted and whole bunch pressed to yield the most pure juice. After cold settling for 24 hours, the juice was racked, warmed and transferred to barrel. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts reaching a peak of 20 Degrees C. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally and all barrels were stirred weekly during fermentation only.
This classic cool climate Chardonnay shows a rich aromatic nose with baked pear and ripe stone fruit aromas, giving way to a richly layered palate with stone-fruit, beeswax and preserved Meyer lemon. Very lush and creamy, balanced by the stony minerality on the palate. Ready to drink now, this Chardonnay will reward those who have the patience to age it carefully for a few years.