2019 Arterra Chardonnay
This Chardonnay is pretty and elegant, boasting juicy tropical fruit and white floral notes with hints of vanilla bean and butterscotch. With subtle, soft tannin, it is well-structured and extremely flavourful, with a long lasting finish.
Cool Spring temperatures quickly turned to hot and sunny days, giving grapes in the Niagara Peninsula the perfect conditions to grow and develop. One of the warmest summers on record, grapes of all varietals ripened quickly, with the late ripening reds having plenty of extra time to flourish. Despite some concerns with the heat and humidity and rain leading into harvest – all grapes came in to the winery in at optimal ripeness and quite a bit earlier than usual. Our winemaker has a perfect palette to create his 2018 portfolio.
The fruit used to produce this wine was picked at optimum maturity, balance and character, and specifically selected from the best sites in Niagara. Harvested with care and pressed immediately, the juice was clarified and started fermentation with yeast selected to promote the unique characteristics of the grape and vineyards. The wine then fermented in 100% French oak barrels, and underwent complete malolactic fermentation. Finally, the wine was aged on lees, being stirred occasionally to extract and enhance mouthfeel and texture until ready for bottling.
Characterized by silky layers of white flowers, citrus fruits, honey, with undertones of guava and very subtle smoke on the nose and palate, this lively and complex Chardonnay is full and round with a plush texture, which compliments the fresh and crisp acidity. On the finish, this wine boasts lingering notes of butterscotch and lemon candy.
Food Pairing Notes
This elegant and lively Chardonnay pairs well with potatoes au gratin, ricotta and arugula bruschetta, pear, caramelized onion and brie flatbread, cedar plank salmon with a creamy lemon and dill sauce, crispy pan-seared halibut, crab ceviche, and your favourite creamy cheeses, such as goat milk baked brie and fresh mozzarella.
(Nov 15, 2016 at 4:13 PM)
A delicious oaky Chardonnay. Ambrosia to my palate.
(Feb 1, 2018 at 3:41 PM)
Very aromatic with expressive bouquets of exotic fruit, sweet Asian pear, yellow apple, wild flower honey, crème brûlée, fresh ginger, and floral blossom. Elegant and textured, there’s no question this comes from some of the finest vineyards in the Niagara region. Impressive minerality and golden delicious apple shine bright on the palate complemented with a subtle nuttiness and fresh baked pastries. There’s a very pleasant and light creaminess which is balanced by the elegant and refreshing structure showing its cool-climate heritage that makes this complex Chardonnay a great wine for enjoying with fine meals and equally suited for enjoying casually with friends on the patio. Drink 2018-2022. Tasted January 2018. 90+ points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca
(Aug 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM)
This pours moderate lemon-gold - a bit more mature than expected. It has a quite toasty, nutty and spicy nose from French oak barrel ageing. Fruit is in the realm of peach pie. It is medium to full bodied, fleshy and warm on the palate, with considerable oak throughout contributing to a nutmeg and cedary finish. Acidity is moderate; the length is very good to excellent. Tasted April 2019, 88 Points.
(Aug 21, 2019 at 8:02 AM)
This Chardonnay is sourced from some of the very best vineyard sites in Niagara — including the Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard. It has a gorgeous nose of poached pear, ripe apple, citrus accents and minerality with butterscotch and spice. It’s round and full-flavoured on the palate with baked apple, pear, touches of tropical fruits and citrus with a range of cream and spice to go with lovely texture and balancing acidity. 92 Points