2015 Willms Oaked Chardonnay

$26.50

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Production: 146 Cases

Availability: Winery direct and select restaurant accounts

Vintage: 2015

Variety or Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Vineyard Designation: Willms Vineyard

Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake

Vine Age: 10-20 years

Soil: Clay and loam with some sand, limestone and seashells.

Wine Style: Dry

Oak: French oak fermented and aged for 10 months, 29% New Oak.

Alcohol content: 12.9%

PH: 3.33

TA: 5.5 g/L

RS: <3.0 g/L

Ageing: Drink now through 2027

Serving Temperature: 10 – 16 degrees Celsius

Winemaking:

These grapes were harvested by hand with specific timing that incorporated ripe fruit flavours and fresh acidity.  We hand harvested and whole cluster pressed the grapes in our gentle bladder press.  A long, slow press cycle was used to allow maximum juice yield without compromising flavour extraction.  The juice was cold settled in a stainless tank before racking into barrels for alcoholic and malolactic fermentations.  The barrels were carefully monitored and tasted for 10 months, before any sulphur additions took place.  After aging was complete the barrels were blended back into tank and were gently fined and lightly filtered to preserve the wine without stripping the flavours and textures, before bottling.

Appearance:

Bright straw with a clear hue.

Aroma:

A focused aroma of citrus, green apple and golden plum, which unite with underlying notes of vanilla, wet stone and Bartlett pear.  A lifted toasty note and hint of butter also shine. Finally, subtle underlying aromas of biscuit, fresh pea shoots and lemongrass complete this intense aromatic profile.

Palate:

This youthful wine is crisp, clean, fresh and bright.  There are a medley of fruits that drive the palate; lemon and lime citrus, green apple, plum and starfruit. A focused and full mouthfeel that mirrors the aromatics.  Citrus fruits, Asian pear, green apple and wet stone are the focus of flavour on the palate. The mid-palate delivers layers of texture with vanilla, toast, biscuit and citrus pith.  A Chardonnay with bolstering balance and a smooth, medium-long finish of crisp acidity that lingers and refreshes.

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