2019 Stonebridge Reserve West Chardonnay
This wine was made from Chardonnay clones 96 and 548, picked from the west side of the Stonebridge Estate vineyard, Block 11. The grapes were hand-harvested into small bins and kept clonally separate, then pressed and wild fermented in 33% new French Oak puncheons and barrels. The low intervention, wild fermentation took 2 months to complete. Wine completed its malolactic-fermentation at its own pace during this time. This small batch was aged a total of 22 months in barrel before bottling. Only a small fraction of barrels were selected for this reserve batch.
This wine has developed a complex nose of citrus and apple, with hints of quince supported by well a blended bouquet of spices and vanilla. The acidity is fresh, hinting a long finish.
Single Vineyard. Vegan Friendly.
Appellation: Four Mile Creek, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Barrels: Primary, malolactic fermentation and elevage were all completed in the same barrels, 33% new French oak Billon barrels
Alcohol: 13.8 %
Cases Produced: 193 cases (including 36 magnum bottles)
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