2014 Estate Chardonnay
The Chardonnay vines for this wine were meticulously maintained to showcase our Beamsville Bench terroir. All grape bunches were exposed to sunlight at fruit set by removing most leaves on the East side and partially on the West side of the canopy to maximize ripening. Green harvesting - the removal of under-ripe bunches - was performed at the first sign of veraison - colour change in berries from green to gold. A mere 26hL per hectare was harvested (1.6 tonnes per acre on average) in 2014.
All fruit was hand picked, sorted and whole bunch pressed to yield the purest juice. After cold settling for 24 hours, the juice was racked, warmed and then transferred to barrel. The wine was slowly fermented with indigenous yeasts reaching a peak of 20 degrees Celsius.
Partial malolactic fermentation occurred naturally and all barrels were stirred weekly during fermentation. The individual barrels for this wine were selected and blended in June 2015 and filtered before bottling in August.
The 2014 Estate Chardonnay is straw yellow in colour, showing an enticing nose of baked apple, creamy vanilla custard and butterscotch. The palate is richly layered with a velvety smooth texture and a long, lingering finish.