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The Chardonnay from the almost 30 year old vines at the Sandstone Vineyard is consistently amongst the ripest fruit we harvest each year so the timing of harvest and the treatment of the grapes is of utmost importance if a truly great wine is to be produced. From Sandstone, we are blessed with wonderful mineral character and balanced acidity, even though potential alcohol can be quite high. In 2011 we might have enjoyed the perfect vintage for this wine. Rich yet refreshing, full bodied yet balanced. The wonderful complexity and great detailing is a result of Jean Pierre Colas’ masterful winemaking. Simply, ‘we are doing everything we can to capture the character of the Sandstone vineyard’. Aged for 8 months in 20% new, 30% second use French oak from a variety of excellent coopers, this wine underwent 100% malolactic conversion. Minimal battonage was used in order to protect the freshness of the vintage and bottling took place in September 2012.
Awards & Ratings
Rick VanSickle of WinesInNiagara.com scored the wine 92 Points when he tasted it in September just after bottling. He described it thus:
"Now, this is something. It was just bottled when I tried it, and will be released in time for Christmas with a classy new label. A warm, inviting nose of swirling spicy-creamy goodness that combines baked apple, poached pear, stoney minerals and just a touch of citrus. Beautifully elegant and finessed on the palate and already showing fine balance between ripe fruit, cream, spice and acid. It’s lovely now but will be better on release in December and after a few years in the cellar."
- Rick VanSickle
MWC 2014-09-18Wine expert Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "The 2011 Sandstone Vineyard Chardonnay, meanwhile, sees more time in barrels but, like JoieFarm’s En Famille,... More
MWCWine expert Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "The 2011 Sandstone Vineyard Chardonnay, meanwhile, sees more time in barrels but, like JoieFarm’s En Famille, only a small portion (20 per cent in this case) goes into new oak, and in both cases they’re French rather than American barrels." You can read the whole post here: http://mywinecanada.com/wineblog/spotlight-on-chardonnay/
MWC 2014-09-18Wine expert Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "And whether you choose the 2012 June’s Vineyard Chardonnay or either the 2010 or 2011 Sandstone Reserve... More
MWCWine expert Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "And whether you choose the 2012 June’s Vineyard Chardonnay or either the 2010 or 2011 Sandstone Reserve Chardonnay, you’ll be able to taste what all the fuss is about when it comes to cool-climate Niagara Chardonnay. It’s all about balance – fruit and oak, texture and acidity, and so forth – and 13th Street Winery brings it in spades, with a tip of the hat to fine white Burgundies with a distinct Niagara twist." You can read the whole post here: http://mywinecanada.com/wineblog/lure-13th-street/
This was a featured wine in July's wine club package.
Geographical Indication: Four Mile Creek, ON
Vineyard: Sandstone Vineyard
Cases Produced: 390
Appearance: Clear, bright medium gold core to a paler gold rim.
Nose: Clean. Pronounced developing aromas of butter, hazelnut, pineapple, lemon, toast, vanilla, and caramel.
Palate: Dry, medium+ acid, medium+ alcohol with a full body. Round and rich with pronounced developing flavours of lemon zest, pineapple, butter, toast, caramel, vanilla, and yeast. Medium+ finish.
Quality: Well made and well balanced. Drink now and over the next 2 years.
Food pairings: Mushroom risotto, creamy pasta, roasted chicken, lobster, crab, scallops, grilled pork, veal.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
Having worked in Chablis, Jean-Pierre Colas knows Chardonnay intimately. Though, this is a much richer version than what he would make in Chablis. Made from 30 year old vines from the Sandstone Vineyard, this fuller style of Chardonnay might seem heavy on its own but it shines when served with food. Round and voluptuous yet balanced by great acidity, it will seduce wine drinkers who appreciate a touch of oak in their Chardonnay. Do not fear, it is well balanced and the fruit is concentrated enough to support the oak. The wine was aged 8 months in 20% new and 30% used French oak…so just a touch!
- Michelle Bouffard, @michellebwine