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Wismer Foxcroft Vineyard Chardonnay, 2018

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2018 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 13.5% ALC/VOL
Critic's Rating 92 pts

Tasting Notes

Mature vines display the wonderful chalkiness and weight of the Twenty Mile Bench in Vineland. Fantastic pineapple, red-apple, pear and almond aromas lead on the nose, while on the palate, peach, lemon curd, spiced apples and hazelnut play off the chalky/mineral base. Texture and weight are phenomenal and balanced by good acidity leading to an incredibly long finish. Drink with lemon roasted chicken, semi-soft cheese, and freshly baked bread. It will age well for the next 5-8 years if you can wait.

Winemaking Notes

A warm growing season continued into the autumn, with many rain events making it difficult to time harvest and get fruit picked. However mature vines, good vineyard management and meticulous hand-picking and sorting allowed us to get amazing quality whole-clusters into the press on September 27th 2018. Juice was naturally settled, then racked into barrel where fermentation occurred by indigenous yeast and malolactic bacteria. Once fermentations were completed, the wine remained in French oak barrique and 500-Litre pucheon without stirring of the lees for 13 months. This wine was lightly filtered and bottled on April 25th, 2020.

Critic's Rating

Quite a buttery and rich chardonnay with warmer climate location or unheralded vintage tucked safely within. Gelid lemon and smooth curd, a fixation of texture for the kind of wine that drinks with clay creaminess and tumbling stones in balance. This chardonnay is no accident but carefully calculated, curated and experienced. Last tasted blind at NWAC2022, June 2022. “A weirdly underrated vintage, to me one of the best we have had as a winery,” says Ilya Senchuk, "especially for chardonnay.” Fairly reductive so air and agitation is necessary or at least suggested, from a site rich in dense gravel, clay and chalky soil. Not the richest of chardonnay vintages but one of place, of terroir, of clay loam over the limestone, of balance between all parts. The syncopated linger is almost mesmerizing and this is chardonnay that makes you stare at a spot but at nothing. You can get lost in here and that is really special. I think therefore I chardonnay. Drink 2022-2026. Tasted June 2022.
- Michael Godel
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Silver Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Silver Medal
  • Connoisseur Note(s):

    Leaning Post Chardonnay Wismer-Foxcroft Vineyard 2019 Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, Canada Very fine mealy, toasty nose with some lemony notes. The palate is so textural with broad mealy, finely spiced pear and lemon fruit, and a lovely fine grained structure. Very fine and expressive with a chalky edge to the fruit. Very expressive. 93/100

    - Jamie Goode - Wine Anorak - UK

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    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2022, Silver Medal