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|CHARDONNAY 2015 VQA Niagara Peninsula
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
||THE FOREIGN AFFAIR
|Mature light yellow colour. Complex, intense, slightly leesy, stewed apple-lemon nose with Bourbony cedar notes. Off dry, medium-full bodied, very spicy, intense, stewed apple-lemon puree flavours with a lingering, gently cedary, somewhat resiny-Bourbony, sweetish, marzipan-tinged finish. Ready-to-drink. This REPEAT has 14.2% alcohol and 7 g/L residual sugar. This distinctive style is not for me. The grapes were harvested at the beginning of October with 20% of the fruit set aside to be dried using the traditional appassimento method. The wine was barrel fermented in French oak with continued aging on light lees for 15 months before final blending and bottling.
||White Table Wine
Mature, Spicy, Cedary, Resiny
|TASTING NOTE: One fifth of the grapes for this wonderfully unconventional Chardonnay were dried using the traditional appassimento method for 30 days. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged on light lees for 15 months in French oak, 10% of it new. The result is a robust, flavourful wine showing grilled pineapple, peach, butterscotch and coconut along with an attractive sweet-and-tangy note like you might find in a sour-style beer. Sip with chicken or pork in a sticky honey-lemon glaze. (Douglas Webster, Vintages, May 2018)
||vintages release - November 24, 2018
||56 (12 bottles per case)
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Score: - Poor * Very Basic
** Good **/**+ Very Good **+ Excellent