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2021 Chardonnay ⭐ 90 points Decanter

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Nose: White peach and grilled pineapple are followed by hints of spice like cardamom and sea salt.

Palate: There is a beautiful creamy richness on the palate along with wet stone, grilled pineapple, warmed pine nuts, and hints of flint.

Finish: The finish is silky smooth and exceptionally long but is eventually overtaken by wet-stone and crisp acidity. A truly beautiful example of Niagara Chardonnay!

Pairing: Pair this wine with meaty fish like halibut or cod. Shellfish, however, is my favourite pairing with lobster, shrimp, crab and scallops.

This is a perfect blend of Chardonnay grown in two different vineyards. The grapes from Grimsby Hillside Vineyard come from 3 separate blocks across 90 acres.

Hand-picked and hand-sorted on September 16th, 23rd, 24th (Grimsby Hillside) & September 30th (Senchuk) the grapes were whole-cluster pressed and kept separate. The juice was allowed to settle prior to being racked to French oak barrels (25% new; 75% old) for fermentation by way of indigenous yeast and malolactic bacteria. Aged for 10 months, the 2020 Chardonnay was bottled on September 1, 2021.

Vintage: 2020

Vineyard: Senchuk Vineyard – 15%; Grimsby Hillside – 85%

Varietal: Chardonnay

Appellation: Niagara Peninsula

Sub-Appellation: Lincoln Lakeshore

Total Production: 270 cases

Average Brix at Harvest: 21.0

Acidity: 6.9 g/L

pH: 3.15

Alcohol: 13%

Residual Sugar: 3g/L

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