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2018 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12% ALC/VOL
  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Viognier
Critic's Rating 88 pts

Mabel's VCR is a fascinating blend of Viognier, Chardonnay and Riesling. Each wine was vinified separately, with the final assemblage taking place before bottling. 50% of the blend is estate-grown Viognier. The fruit was hand-harvested early to retain acidity, and whole cluster pressed in a one-ton basket press before transfer to re-coopered French oak barrels for fermentation.

The wine aged 11 months on lees in the barrel. 35% of the blend is Chardonnay from Niagara on the Lake. The wine was barrel fermented, with malolactic fermentation happening concurrently with alcohol fermentation. The wine was aged 11 months on lees in French oak.The remaining 15% is estate grown Riesling, cool-fermented and aged in stainless steel.

Suggestions of preserved lemon, sweet alyssum and just a hint of oak on the nose. Citrus and baked apple notes continue on the palate, which is dry, firm and slightly rounded on the mid-palate and then distinctly lean on the finish. A flinty or slate-like element runs throughout the wine.

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- Tony Aspler
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This was a featured wine in September's Wine Club package, 2021.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Varietal: Viognier (50%), Chardonnay (35%), Riesling (15%)
Vineyard: Estate vineyard
Residual Sugar: 4 g/L
Cases Produced: 250


Appearance: Straw colour with a greenish tint.
Nose: Apple and peach nose with a honeyed note.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, green apple and green peach flavours carried on lively acidity.
Quality: Very Good+. 88 points. Drink now and through 2022.


Food Pairing: Almond crusted tilapia, kale and quinoa salad with orange tahini dressing, rosemary and maple roasted cashews, veal parmesan sandwich, and pork souvlaki with radish tzatziki.