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2016 County Chardonnay

2016 County Chardonnay


This Chardonnay was grown on 5 separate sites, all within 2km of the winery. Clonal selection was 80% clone 76 and 20% clone 95. The idea of blending the sites is to build complexity and richness from slightly different terroirs. Gentle, whole-cluster pressing of the fruit into horizontal stainless steel tanks where fermentation starts with indigenous yeasts from each individual vineyard block. Fermenting juice was then transferred to 500L French oak barrels to complete ferment. The new oak component being 25%, the rest being 2nd, 3rd, 4th fill or older. Larger format barrels are used as a medium for better oak integration. Wine spent 10 months in oak before being transferred to stainless steel, on lees for an additional two months. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered with a minimum sulphur dose before bottling.

A testament to the warm 2016 vintage. Loaded with Meyer lemon and warm brioche, our County Chardonnay exudes rich, ripe notes of sun kissed citrus and creme brûlée. Fresh shell notes speak to the rocky calcareous limestone soils of the area. Plump on the palate with fresh acidity and a long mineral finish. VQA Prince Edward County

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