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Chardonnay, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.5% ALC/VOL
$32.20
Chardonnay
Critic's Rating 88 pts

Tasting Notes

The growing season in 2020 was incredible! It was a long warm vintage that ripened the chardonnay while keeping the balance of fresh crisp acidity. This chardonnay is the perfect reflection of the 2020 vintage. The nose starts out with white peaches, and grilled pineapple, followed by hints of spices such as cardamon and sea salt. There is a beautiful rich and creaminess on the pallet, along with wet-stone, warmed pine nuts and hints of flint. A truly beautiful explain of Niagara Chardonnay!

Winemaking Notes

This wine is the perfect blend of Chardonnay grown in two different vineyards. The portion of Chardonnay from the Grimsby Hillside Vineyard is from three separate blocks across 90 acres of grapes, all hand-picked and hand- sorts on September 16th, 23rd, and 24th. The Senchuk vineyard was hand-picked and sorted on September 30th. All the Chardonnay was whole-cluster pressed, and kept separate. The juice was allowed to settle before being racked into French oak barrels for fermentation to occur by indigenous yeast and malolactic bacteria. Once fermentation was finished, the chardonnay remained in barrel for 10 months before being bottled on September 1st, 2021.

Critic's Rating

88pts
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