2017 Moira Cat on the Bench Chardonnay Skin, Beamsville Bench, Malivoire Wine Co.

2017 Moira Cat On The Bench Chardonnay Skin

2017 Moira Cat on the Bench Chardonnay Set of Steel, Stave & Skin

Winemaker Notes:

Spice-tinged aromas suggest pineapple and orange peel with floral notes.  Firmly composed on the palate, the wine unfolds flavours of tangerine and guava, leaving a lasting, citrusy-mineral finish.

Picked from 22-year-old vines at the Moira Vineyard on October 21st as grape sugars averaged 22° Brix.

Hand-harvested chardonnay grapes were sorted, destemmed, and layered into a ceramic “orb”.  The wine and grape skins were left in extended contact to complete primary and malo-lactic fermentation over a gradual six-month period.  After this, the wine was gently drained off the skins.  Oxygen exposure was strictly limited, to maintain fresh appearance and aromatics.  After another four months of finishing in a stainless steel barrel, the wine filled 25 cases.

At the time of bottling In April 2019, Alcohol measured: 13%,  Residual sugar: 0 grams per Litre; titratable acidity: 5.2 grams per Litre; pH: 3.8

Only 25 cases produced.