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The White Wine Enthusiast

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The perfect pack for any white wine enthusiast includes the following 6 bottles of white wine, plus a free Viski wine stopper:
  • Aligoté
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Chardonnay

Winemaker's Notes

ALIGOTÉ

Aligoté is a rare vitis vinifera variety native to the Burgundy region of France. Aligoté can be a chameleon by exuberantly expressing its terroir. Our Aligoté will remind you of green apples and fresh pears on the nose while on the palate the minerality and zing of crisp acidity is mouthwatering. That’s why we believe it doesn’t need to be oak-aged – it’s delicious on its own.

In memory of Michèle Bosc, $1 from the sale of each bottle of Cuvée Michèle Aligoté at the winery or online will be donated to the Camp Kerry Society which specializes in providing bereavement programs and support to individuals and families impacted by serious illness, grief and loss.

SAUVIGNON BLANC

We bottle this wine in a clear Bordeaux shaped bottle so you can see how clean and vibrant the wine is. You can also see from the colour that it’s unoaked. This is the way we like Sauvignon Blanc; fragrant with classic hints of gooseberry and citrus fruit with an herbal note on the finish. We chose to use a screwcap on this wine to signal that we believe this wine is best enjoyed young.

RIESLING

Riesling is considered one of the world’s noble white grapes. It can be made in a variety of styles. This version is slightly off-dry and lower in alcohol. The nose is vibrant and will remind you of lemons and honey. Simply put, it is sunshine in a bottle!

BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY

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.

GEWÜRZTRAMINER

Gewürztraminer translates to “the spicy grape” and our “Gew” is definitely spicy, but it also has an exotic bouquet of tropical fruits and lychee. It’s smooth and rich with a distinctive and complex finish. There is just a touch of residual sugar, not to add sweetness but to round the mouthfeel.

CHARDONNAY, PAUL BOSC ESTATE

This wine is from Paul’s home vineyard and made the way he was taught: barrel-fermented, barrel-aged and regular stirring of the “lees” for one year in French oak barrels. The finished wine is classic old-world style; full-bodied and complex with nuances of citrus, melon and popcorn butter. It’s ready to drink now but will continue to develop in the bottle for a few years.

Vineyard Manager's Notes

ALIGOTÉ

We have been growing Aligoté since 1978 and it’s a pleasure to work within the vineyard. It is quite generous in producing fruit so we do have to keep the yield in check so each vine produces ripe, concentrated grapes. But the canopy doesn’t grow too high and the canes are not as woody as most vinifera so they are easy to tie in the spring and trellis in the summer. Aligoté’s leaves are bigger than average providing ample surface area for photosynthesis, producing ripe juicy grapes.

SAUVIGNON BLANC

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 several of our different vineyards; silty, mineral-rich soils from those located in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation and some from the heavier clay-based soils from the St. David’s Bench sub-appellation to add depth and character. All the while making sure we are farming our vineyards responsibly and sustainably as we have done since 1978.

RIESLING

We have been growing Riesling since 1978. It thrives in our vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake. While it can be a bit fickle towards the end of the season, our team knows to keep a close eye on the grapes as harvest progresses. It’s generally one of the later whites to be picked and if you’re not diligent volume can be lost due to the grapes splitting their skins and losing all that goodness. 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 several of our different vineyards; silty, mineral-rich soils from those located in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation and some from the heavier clay-based soils from the St. David’s Bench sub-appellation to add depth and character. All the while making sure we are farming our vineyards responsibly and sustainably as we have done since the beginning.

BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY

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 several of our different vineyards; silty, mineral-rich soils from those located in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation and some from the heavier clay-based soils from the St. David’s Bench sub-appellation to add depth and character. All the while making sure we are farming our vineyards responsibly and sustainably as we have done since 1978.

GEWÜRZTRAMINER

Our Gewürztraminer is grown on the West side of the Château on a 1 hectare (2.5 acres) parcel. You can easily spot these vines in the late summer and fall because they have a distinctive rosy coloured skin, not the typical greenish skin found on white wine grapes. We planted these vines in 1996 and we feel they are just now hitting their peak producing fantastic hand-harvested grapes that are making very interesting wine.

CHARDONNAY, PAUL BOSC ESTATE

Chardonnay is still the most widely planted white grape variety in the world, as well as here in Niagara. It’s a workhorse in the vineyard but to coax the best out of the grapes you need to be hands-on and meticulous. We carefully limit the yield on these vines to help concentrate the vine’s work on fewer bunches. We also select the best bunches on each vine and remove the rest then we expose the bunches on the East side of the rows in late August then the Westside in September and we will remove individual berries from the hanging bunches if they are not up to par. At the same time, we are mindful of our footprint on the land. Our sustainable practices include never using herbicides; we control weeds by tilling them into the soil where they add nutrients; our cellars are geothermal environments where heating and air conditioning are not needed at any time during the year. These are just a few examples of our environmentally friendly practices both in the vineyards and in the winery.

Bosc Family Food Pairings

ALIGOTÉ

We love our Aligoté any time but especially on a hot summer day. Imagine your favourite patio, a fresh green salad topped with grilled shrimp and a glass of crisp refreshing Aligoté on the side. A perfect lunch. For a more hearty meal, Aligoté is the first wine we reach for when cooking risotto. Not only is it the perfect wine to cook off in the rice but it is delicious to sip while waiting for the risotto to cook.

SAUVIGNON BLANC

Sauvignon Blanc has gained popularity over the past couple of years. We think it’s because it’s fresh and easy drinking but the zip of acidity also makes it a versatile food wine. Our Sauv Blanc is a great example of this style. It works well with salads topped with vinaigrette as well as simple oysters on the half shell.

RIESLING

This off-dry Riesling is a new wine for us and it quickly became a staff favourite. The zip of balancing acidity makes it a lovely sipping wine. The generous mouth feel gives it some versatility for pairing with light to medium weight fare like lemon chicken piccata. It’s also a terrific base for white sangria.

BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY

This classic Chardonnay is a picture of balanced – 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.

GEWÜRZTRAMINER

Gew is not necessarily the first wine you reach for when pairing with food but this wine is remarkably versatile. Yes, there are exotic flavours that you can try to match but we think it’s the tremendous mouth feel that makes it a real food partner. Try it with beef stir fry over a bed of hearty buckwheat soba noodles.

CHARDONNAY, PAUL BOSC ESTATE

The perfect lobster wine.

Technical Notes

ALIGOTÉ

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
September 19 13% 22.5˚ 3.47 5.2 2005 1 g/L

SAUVIGNON BLANC

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
September 9 12.5% 21.2˚ 3.1 7.7 5000 7 g/L

RIESLING

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
September 21 12.2 18.8˚ 3.07 6.9 973 17 g/L

BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
October 10 12.60% 21.6˚ 3.54 4.7 2132 1.5 g/L

GEWÜRZTRAMINER

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
October 3 12.5% 23.2˚ 3.34 5.2 300 6 g/L

CHARDONNAY, PAUL BOSC ESTATE

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
October 2 13.7% 22˚ 3.54 5.2 513 0 g/L

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