2013 Felseck Chardonnay
The 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 shading leaves on the East side and partially on the West side of the canopy to maximise fruit ripening. Green harvesting - the removal of under ripe bunches - was performed at the first sign of veraison. A healthy 45.5 hL per hectare was harvested (2.52 tons per acre) in 2013 from the Felseck Vineyard (planted in 1992).
All fruit was handpicked, 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 Celsius. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally and all barrels were stirred weekly during fermentation only.
True to its Felseck origin, the 2013 is rich and powerful with flinty minerality, baked pear and creme brulee on the nose.The palate is full and fleshy, richly layered with red apple, pear and toasty oak. While still youthful, the structure is supple, elegant and finely layered, which will only intensify as the wine gets older with careful cellaring.