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The Fifty Chardonnay, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.5% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 92 pts

Tasting Notes

2020 was a beautiful, warm vintage that cooled perfectly at harvest, creating wines that are both full-flavoured and balanced by fresh acidity. A nose of peach, pear and honeydew is immediately subsumed by lemon meringue, crème fraiche and graham cracker. The palate drives forward lemon curd, honeysuckle and hazelnut with a slight flinty, wet stone background that leads to an unusually rich and weighty mid-palate. There is a lovely sweep of acidity that brings the wine around to an incredibly long, complex finish. This wine will age well for the next 5-8 years. Enjoy with brie, sole meuniere, and lemon-roasted chicken.

Winemaking Notes

Harvested on September 11 th, 24th and October 6 th from 3 different vineyards. The majority of this wine was fermented in concrete tanks, with the remainder fermented in 228L Barriques and a 500L Puncheon and stainless steel. Once fermentation was complete, all the wine was aged on full lees in concrete and stainless steel for 9 months. After lees-aging, it was racked, lightly filtered and bottled on August 15, 2021.

Total Production 540 cases

Critic's Rating

- Tony Aspler

Connoisseur Note(s):

This is a perfectly juicy and lively, fruity, ripe and fresh, minimally-oaked chardonnay from Leaning Post, at a very appealing price. I like the acid balance, the vibrancy of the white and yellow-fleshed fruit, the subtle barrel influence, as well as the length in this price category. Worth buying several bottles of to have on hand for those occasions you need to impress without re-mortgaging. Tasted June 2022.

90 points - John Szabo Wine Align

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The 2020 vintage was a featured wine in May 2023's Wine Club package.

Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Vineyard: Grimsby Hillside Vineyard, Senchuk Vineyard, Hemeris Vineyard
Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
Cases Produced: 540

Appearance: Light straw colour.
Nose: Toasty, apple bouquet with light citrus notes.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, peachy, melon flavour. Beautifully balanced with well-integrated oak.
Quality: 92 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding. Drink now and through 2024.

Food Pairing: Greek salad wraps with grilled halloumi, white pizza with wild mushrooms, fettucine alfredo with grilled chicken, seared ahi tuna steak, and clam risotto with bacon and chives.