2018 Chardonnay Dolomite | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 17.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
The name ‘Dolomite’ refers to the type of limestone that form the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the hillsides below. Grown along these gentle slopes in our Beamsville Bench vineyard, this Chardonnay bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of these sites contribute the citrus character and stony nuances that are its hallmark.
2018 was a warm vintage with ample precipitation and low yields. Chardonnay ripened fully, delivering supple wines with moderate acidity and excellent long-term ageing potential.
Estate Grown 100%
AppellationBeamsville Bench
SiteCave Spring Vineyard
Elevation125–155 m (410–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% / NNW
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock; depth ranges from 4 to 8 m
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Oct 23–Nov 1
Sugar 23.3º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.3 g/L
pH 3.26
Yield 3.5 mt/ac (65 hl/ha)
Fermented 80% in tank using selected yeasts and 20% in neutral, 225L and 500L French oak barrels using indigenous yeasts; 20% malolactic fementation overall; aged for 6 months sur lie
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Sep 2019
Alc./Vol 13.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 6.8 g/L
pH 3.48
Production 572 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Medium Straw Nose Aromas of orange blossom, honeycomb, ginger and cinnamon, with undertones of Bosc pear and fresh cantaloupe; Palate Dry and medium bodied, with ripe, juicy papaya fruit and a round feel up front; the mid-palate is quite saline, with a firm, mineral core, flinty nuances and a crystalline, seamless texture on the edges; the finish is plush, with explosive blood orange flavours and a lingering note of allspice.
Best consumed 2020 through 2023; will develop and hold through 2025
Food Pairings
Halloumi power bowl, chick pea curry, grilled Whitefish, seafood stew, mushroom risotto, steamed mussels in white wine, turkey roast
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