2017 Chardonnay


St. David’s Bench Vineyard | VQA — St David’s Bench

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Winemaker's Notes

This wine is barrel fermented and aged “sur lie” for up to 12 months in French oak barrels. The resulting wine is full-bodied, combining flavours of tropical fruit and melon in a concentrated, buttery style. There are also nuances of smokiness and soft, warm spice to make things interesting. This is an age worthy Chardonnay that will continue to develop for a few years in the bottle.

Vineyard Manager's Notes

Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted varieties in the world. There are more than 40 different clones of Chardonnay and we believe we have indentified and planted the right ones for our vineyard sites. All the Chardonnay for this single vineyard wine is grown on the East side of the Château. There is a gradual but significant slope from the back of the vineyard down towards York Road to the North. This is important because it helps the under-drainage system work even more efficiently. It also helps the underground artesian water flow from the Escarpment towards the road under the vineyard so the long vine roots can pull up the limestone, calcium and other minerals that have dissolved into the water. This is expressed in the finished wine as minerality, one of the signature flavours found in wines grown on our St. David’s Bench Vineyard.

Bosc Family Food Pairings

This Chardonnay has an elegance and finesse that we love to pair food with. It is a full-bodied white wine, but the judicious use of oak doesn’t overwhelm the accompanying dish. Try it with gnocchi in a brown butter and sage sauce with a little crispy pancetta crumbled on top.

Technical Notes

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
October 12 12.9% 22.6˚ 3.5 5 526 2.4 g/L

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