It’s not unusual for wineries to purchase grapes to broaden their offerings or simply to keep the production facilities busy. Idle equipment = lost revenue. It’s always a shame when these wineries purchase grapes from outside their appelation. Two sisters are doing some great work on their reds, only reds in fact are grown on the property. So they purchases the grapes for this chard from Beamsville from Daniel Lenko. They were quite up front about this, which I applaud. So right off the bat this wine is going to have to win me over past my biases … This wine spent 7 months in oak. Pale in color with a softer varietal nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely expressive apple and pear. Beautiful fruit. Oh oh, a chink in the armor is revealing itself. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely vanilla notes along with some smooth acidity. I like my chards and I have to say this is a good one. I would give it an 89+, very nice. Not over baked, not unoaked, just right. This is one of the better chards coming out of Niagara right now. Yumm
From the winery’s web site:
2015 CHARDONNAY $49.00
Hand-harvested and barrel fermented for 7 months in French oak, this Chardonnay has impressions of citrus fruit, yellow apple and grilled pineapple on the nose. With great weight balanced weight, there is an intricate backbone of minerality with expands to a creamy, floral finish. Great acidity throughout makes this an excellent candidate for the cellar.