2019 Inniskillin Single Vineyard Series Montague Chardonnay
The 2019 harvest was predictably late in getting underway, starting September 6th. The sunny, cool weather and low humidity that kicked off harvest allowed the fruit to develop phenolic ripeness for an extended period without breaking down. There was an unusual and early cold snap in mid-November, along with close to 30 cm of snow on November 11th. Growers were confronted with some challenges as they navigated machinery through snowy vineyards, but prevailed successfully and wrapped up harvest on November 26th.
Harvested from our Montague Vineyard in the sub-appellation of Four Mile Creek, the grapes were gently crushed and pressed. Allowed to cold settle overnight the juice was transferred to new and older French Oak barrels where it fermented at 18 ̊C for 11 days until dryness. The wine then went through a partial malolactic fermentation and was allowed to age for 8 months before racking to a stainless steel tank.
This classic single varietal wine shows aromatics of toasted vanilla and cream, while flavours of pear, green apple and spice contribute to a long smooth finish.
Food Pairing Notes
A very versatile white wine for both sipping and pairing with a wide variety of foods. Baby spinach salad with aged cheddar and lemon vinaigrette; cedar planked halibut or salmon with parsley butter sauce; seared scallops or lobster; butternut squash with thyme roasted apples.
(Dec 4, 2017 at 2:27 PM)
This is my favourite bottle of Chardonnay. It is very easy drinking and great for relaxing at the end of a long work week. 5/5, would recommend to anybody looking for wine suggestions.