VQA - Beamsville Bench - Ontario
Grape Variety - Chardonnay (Musque Clone)
Alcohol - 13.5 % abv
Wine Details - This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a hillside of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario known as the Beamsville Bench. Made from the unique Musqué clone of Chardonnay, it was vinified in stainless steel to preserve the fragrant aromas and spicy muscat-like overtones that are the clone’s hallmark.
Tasting Note - Muscat-tinged orange-blossom aromas dominate, with a cocktail of Delicious apple, blood orange, melon and pear in behind. The palate is refreshing yet full and viscous, with crisp apple fruit up front giving way to a round, oily middle palate reminiscent of pear preserve. The finish remains soft and smooth, punctuated by varietal traits of Muscat-spice and closing with a pleasing, slightly bitter note of orange peel that lends vivacity.
What the Experts Say -
"Melon fruit, chalky texture and all the floral perfume comes through on the palate. A touch dilute - but the fragrance carries it". Richard Hemming
"This is a fine vintage of one of Niagara's best on-going examples of this distinctively aromatic chardonnay clone". David Lawrason