Chardonnay is still one of the most popular white varieties in the world. It may have to do with how versatile it can be; you can have unoaked, lightly oaked and full-on, no-holds barred woody Chardonnay. We believe that if you are going to oak-age any wine it should be done judiciously so the fruit notes can still come through and this is a terrific example of that approach. This Chardonnay was barrel fermented with extended lees contact and aged for about nine months in the same French oak barrels. It has a creamy, buttery texture with melon and pear flavours. The wine is quite rich and can develop in the bottle for a few years.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
The grapes for this wine were sourced exclusively from our vineyards. We hand select the fruit as it is being picked to make sure only top-quality grape bunches are used. We choose fruit from our St. David’s Bench vineyard for this wine because of the heavier clay-based soils found in this sub-appellation adds depth and character. All the while making sure we are farming both our vineyards responsibly and sustainably, like we have done since 1978.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
This classic Chardonnay is a picture of balance – fruit, acid, oak and alcohol working together to create a wonderfully versatile food wine. Try it with a simple Caesar salad topped with Niagara-on-the-Lake’s own Pingue prosciutto that has been dried in the oven then crumbled over the salad.