Chardonnay, 2018, Niagara

Chardonnay, 2018, Niagara

Pearl Morissette

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Cuvée: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): Chardonnay
Fermentation: Native
Appellation: Niagara Peninsula VQA
Region, Country: Niagara, Canada
Alcohol: 12.5%
Size: 750 ml
Winemaker(s): Francois Morissette

Svet's Tasting Notes:

A Chardonnay of classic proportions, this is a wine built on the often-contrasting pillars of precision and richness. It blooms out of the glass with dewy orchard fruit and white flowers.

An ample, satiating mouthfeel is pinned on a long, elegant stream of saline freshness and a finish that's zesty and firm.

Tech Specs:

The fruit for our 2018 Chardonnay comes from our 19th Street Vineyard (65%) on 20 Mile Bench and from Redfoot Vineyard in Lincoln Lakeshore (35%). It was harvested respectively on September 22nd and September 23rd, 2018. After careful sorting, the fruit was pressed whole-bunch. Fermentation by indigenous yeast proceeded steadily in a combination of an old foudre for 19th street Chardonnay (60%) and 2 old- oak and 1 new oak demi-muids for the Redfoot Chardonnay and remainder of the 19th street Chardonnay (40%; 15% new oak in the new blend). The wine was left to age on its lees in its fermentation vessels, without any racking or battonage for a total of 20 months. 2018 Chardonnay was bottled unfiltered and un-fined on September 9, 2020.