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WINEMAKER’SNOTES: After a harsh winter in 2014, we were left less fruit but better concentration than ever. This meant the wines were fruitier, with great acidity and a driving mineral backbone. The Rusty Shed is a barrel selection of estate grown fruit that truly encapsulates what Ontario can do with Chardonnay. When blending this wine we are looking for something with aging potential that is not only going to be fresh and vibrant today, but also enjoyed for years to come.
Awards & Ratings
This was a featured wine in December's Wine Club package.
Geographical Indication: Niagara, Ontario
Vineyard: Estate vineyard
Cases Produced: 236
Appearance: Bright, clear. Straw-coloured core, lighter rim.
Nose: Medium aromatic intensity. Creamed butter, hazelnuts and oak spice. Pear and citrus. Wildflowers.
Palate: Medium body, medium acid. The front is lively with pear, brioche, nuts, spice, and vanilla.
Food Pairing: Holiday dinner foods from roasted turkeys to latkes, shellfish in garlic butter sauce, Teriyaki-glazed salmon, polenta with Parmesan cheese, and cocktail party finger foods.
The Madronich family of Ed and his son, Ed Jr., are behind the almost 2 decades old winery that perches on a hill in the Niagara Escarpment. They pair world-class vineyard management and vinification methods with the best winemaking equipment in the world and the result is outstanding. Early to adopt screwcaps over corks for their entire wine portfolio, they proudly lead the way in twisting caps in the industry.
This is a good quality Chardonnay. It’s showing lovely aromatics and a medium length finish, but 3-5 years in the cellar would gracefully relax the flavours on the palate and add complexity.
- Jackie McLachlan, Wine Steward