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2016 Terroir Chardonnay Canadian Oak

2016 Terroir Chardonnay Canadian Oak
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More crisp than creamy with a lively nose and palate - not what you might expect from a North American Chardonnay. A whiff of oak on the nose that reappears on the finish which has a lingering dryness. Fermented exclusively in nwe and one-year old Canadian oak barrels.

Wine Specs
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
Harvest Date
October 12, 2016
Brix at Harvest
Residual Sweetness
<3 g/L
Cases Made
90 cases
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A crisp and fruity wine where the aromas and flavours of green apple, melon, papaya, vanilla, toasty oak, spice (bourbon), and coconut balance very well with its crisp acidity and smooth finish.
90 Score "This is one of three wines made from the same lot of Chardonnay grapes that were then split into three parcels and vinified in three different types of oak, this one being 100% Canadian oak. At 14.8% ABV, this is a heavy-hitter in terms of weight and depth of flavour with guava and and melon. Canadian oak imparts notes of coconut, vanilla spice, and smoke. Viscous and rich. Pair with roast turkey or chicken." Reviewed by Natalie MacLean August 30, 2018
Gold Medal 2019 Selections Mondiale Des Vins (Canada); Silver Medal Citadelles Du Vin (France)
Winemaker Notes
A true rarity of a wine produced from fruit grown in the stellar 2016 vintage from grapes harvested from the excellent Home Farm on 12th October, 2016 measuring a Brix level of 24o, with a smaller parcel of fruit picked 5th October, 2016 from a high quality vineyard located on the Niagara Bench at 23.3o Bx. Pressed to tank for cold settling, juice was subsequently racked to new and seasoned Canadian Oak barriques, before being individually inoculated with specially selected yeast. Following primary fermentation, with slightly delayed malo-lactic fermentation, the barrels were battonaged occasionally to enhance the richness and weight of the maturating wine over a 10 month period. After assemblage trials, two new barrels, one 2-year old and one 3-year old barrel were blended, with stabilization and filtration before bottling under cork.
Food Pairing Notes
The wine's refreshing aspect and dry finish will counteract the richness of cream-based dishes including soup, pasta, gnocchi, fish and poultry.
Product Reviews
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John Karr
(Aug 20, 2019 at 5:18 PM)
The Canadian oak is nicely balanced and adds a toasty flavour to the nose.

On the pallet, there are hints of melon and apple with a smooth finish. This wine pairs nicely with pork and poultry dishes or is equally satisfying on its own.

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