2020 Estate Grown Chardonnay (LCBO Vintages Essential)
Briskly fruity aromas combine pear cobbler, citrus rind and glazed ginger. It’s smooth, creamy and tangy in the mouth, tasting of baked apple, lemon and mandarin orange, leaving a fresh, mineral sensation.
This vintage was made 85% of Chardonnay from our Moira site, with contributions of 8% from the Mottiar site and 7% from the winery Estate vineyard. Average age of vines was 23 years.
Grapes were picked by hand on all three vineyards between September 8th and 22nd as grape sugars reached average 21.1° Brix.
For pressing, 44% of the Moira Vineyard fruit was destemmed. The remaining 56%, along with all the Mottiar and Estate fruit, was pressed in whole clusters. The juice from the destemmed Moira grapes, along with all the Mottiar grapes, comprising 45% of the total wine, fermented in neutral (average six years old) oak hogsheads. Juice from the whole-cluster-pressed Moira and Estate grapes, comprising 55% of the total wine, diverted to stainless steel for primary fermentation without malolactic conversion. The barrel portion competed both primary and malofermentation and rested on the lees for nine months. The two portions were combined and bottled in August 2021.
Dry: 0.9 g/L residual sugar
When bottled, alcohol measured 12.5%, residual sugar 0.9 grams per litre, titratable acidity 6.7 grams per litre and pH 3.28.
Vegan friendly. Certified Sustainable.
An excellent companion for a wide variety of foods including with grilled salmon or pork chops. Serve near 10° C.